“If President Trump gets his way, 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions will lose the ACA’s lifesaving protections and 23 million Americans will lose their health coverage entirely,” said Pelosi. - from article.
She is partially wrong because we do not know how exactly many people will have pre-existing conditions until Covid is eliminated. If you have (or have had) Covid, you run the risk of life-long health issues. We now know that there is permanent damage to multiple organs (lungs, kidney, liver, brain, and circulation) as well as an increased chance of developing diabetes after having Covid. And that is even if you are totally asymptomatic at the time you have it. ALL of the people who ever test positive for Covid will now have pre-existing conditions and pretty much any illness they might have in the future will be deemed “pre-existing” by the insurance companies. The way things are going, with the administration apparently going for the “herd immunity” approach and letting everyone catch the virus, insurance companies will have grounds to refuse coverage to almost the entire population.
Gives a whole new meaning to the “herd” concept, as in the entire herd cannot get full coverage under any insurance plan.
We need universal healthcare now.
BTW, does anyone else think this plan to toss out the entire ACA, with no alternative being considered as a replacement, is a particularly strange item for Trump to pursue at this exact moment? Even his cult is going to notice when they don’t have the ACA to sign up for and can’t get or afford private insurance as job losses continue and the virus remains firmly entrenched in the country. It’s almost like he doesn’t want to win the election.