Trumpcare’s ‘high risk pools’ leaves those with pre-existing conditions out to dry
May 3, 2017
This week, Donald Trump and the GOP falsely claimed that the latest Trumpcare bill “guarantees” coverage for pre-existing conditions. What they failed to disclose was that the bill would grant states the ability to waiver coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, and when pushed, they wrongly claim that the creation of “high-risk pools” would allow those with pre-existing conditions to still be covered.
High-risk pools are an insufficient solution for those with pre-existing conditions who would lose their coverage because of Trumpcare.
Here’s the truth about high-risk pools:
- They have been tried and they don’t work.
- They were notorious for high premiums and deductibles.
- They made it near impossible for many of our country’s most vulnerable to afford medical care.
- No matter how well funded they are, people with pre-existing conditions will be worse off than they are under the ACA.
Even Republicans Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Fred Upton (before he flip-flopped) see the problem with this muddled attempt of a fix:
Rep. Ros-Lehtinen: Even $50 billion in new funding for high-risk pools would be “a little baby downpayment.”
Rep. Fred Upton: An amendment increasing funding for high-risk pools would “not do the trick” in terms of protecting people with pre-existing conditions.
The media agrees:
Los Angeles Times: High-risk pools “were almost universally unsuccessful before the advent of Obamacare.”
Politico: Before the ACA, most states’ high-risk pools “didn’t work, leaving countless people with cancer, diabetes and other expensive diseases with inadequate coverage – if they had anything at all.”