Half of Younger Americans Have Pre-Existing Conditions
Posted on Jan 18, 2011
A new study by the Department of Health and Human Services has found that 129 million Americans under the age of 65—roughly half of that demographic—have medical conditions that could keep them from getting insurance, reports say.
President Obama’s health care law, which is about to come under attack in the House, makes it more difficult to discriminate against customers with pre-existing conditions. —PZS
As many as 129 million Americans under age 65 have medical problems that are red flags for health insurers, according to an analysis that marks the government’s first attempt to quantify the number of people at risk of being rejected by insurance companies or paying more for coverage.
The secretary of health and human services is scheduled to release the study on Tuesday, hours before the House plans to begin considering a Republican bill that would repeal the new law to overhaul the health-care system. The report is part of the Obama administration’s salesmanship to convince the public of the advantages of the law, which contains insurance protections for people with preexisting medical conditions.
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This young man may or may not have a pre-existing condition but, if the Republicans have their way, he may not be able to afford health insurance, either.