The Obama administration issued new rules Tuesday that require insurance companies to cover people with preexisting conditions — one of the most popular provisions of President Obama’s healthcare law. The Health and Human Services Department also began to implement other popular, but expensive, parts of the Affordable Care Act. Regulations released Tuesday will prohibit insurers from charging women a higher premium than men, and will require plans in every state to cover certain services.
This of course is good news for those with pre-existing conditions. C´est la magnifique ma c´est pas insurance. It is not, that is, insurance. It has nothing whatever to do with insurance. Calling it insurance is misleading to the point of deliberate dishonesty - or abysmal ignorance.
Of course it might be converted into insurance if insurers were permitted to charge actuarially aound premiums for those with pre-existing conditions. I do not know, but I seriously doubt that this is the case. My guess is that they will be charged the same rates as everyone else, i.e. people without pre-existing conditions.
People with pre-existing conditions should assuredly have access to some affordable means of health care - but misusing the term insurance to achieve this is a far more serious error than it might seem.
"When words lose their meaning," said Confucius, "there is chaos in the land."
GOP should demand end of ObamaNoCare as part of any deal on raising debt ceiling and/or extending Bush tax rates. This nightmare adds to our fiscal crisis, and should be ended before it starts. If not repealed, taxes imposed by city, state and federal governments will have increase to pay for exploding health care premiums for government workers and retirees as well as expanded Medicaid.
#1, actuaries can easily show that, on average, women live longer than men. So having a difference on life insurance makes sense.
On the other hand, I am not aware of any actuarial studies that show that women´s health costs to age 65 are more than men´s health costs. (Leaving out Medicare here, as it isn´t covered by this bill.) Yes, women get pregnant, but they also tend to be healthier through their early 60´s and are less prone to accidents. So if you total all of their medical costs ages 0 - 64, would it be different than for men? Don´t know.
Dead on #8 – when the gov’t steps in and forces private companies to cover high (or guaranteed) risk customers with no ability to manage said risk, it is no longer insurance. What we now have is a mandatory health care participation tax.
However, simply forcing the young and healthy to participate still does not provide enough resources to cover the high risk pool if you can’t charge the high risk substantially more. This is a giant tax increase on every working American – who will have to provide for themselves, for the unemployed, for the illegal, and for those who are much better off but are higher risk. And it won´t be enough, so the program will hasten our date with national bankruptcy.
Since actuarial data cannot be meaningfully applied to pre-existing conditions(the chance of the malady occurring is 100%), coverage is not insurance but rather welfare. If they called it by its right name, there could be a meaningful debate.
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