129 million Americans have pre-existing conditions

STUDY FROM HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES – 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.

Republicans immediately disparaged the analysis as “public relations.” An insurance industry spokesman acknowledged that sick people can have trouble buying insurance on their own but said the analysis overstates the problem.

The study found that one-fifth to one-half of non-elderly people in the United States have ailments that trigger rejection or higher prices in the individual insurance market. They range from cancer to chronic illnesses such as heart disease, asthma and high blood pressure.

“Americans living with pre-existing conditions are being freed from discrimination in order to get the health coverage they need,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says in a statement, to be released Tuesday, in which she argues that repealing the law would leave such people unprotected.

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5 Responses to 129 million Americans have pre-existing conditions

  1. One Fly

    January 18, 2011 at 7:56 am

    They did not include dumbfuckedness ailment.

  2. greenlight

    January 18, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I always thought it was complete bullsh*t that our system denies medical coverage to those who need it most. I don’t think it gets more cold-hearted than telling someone with cancer to go f*ck themselves.

    Our system may be the antithesis of “humanity.”


  3. Stimpson

    January 18, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Do you a sense a flaw in the mandate-to-buy-health-insurance plan? Think maybe there’s something messed up about requiring people to buy insurance from the same companies that have been buggering people for decades?

    That’s the “health-care reform” you have. Not so great, is it?

    • Holte Ender

      January 18, 2011 at 11:21 am

      There are lots of flaws in the US health care system, too many to mention, the major one is is for-profit hospitals and insurance companies, somethings should not be left to the free market, health care and education should not be in the hands of the money men. Plus doctors who just treat disease and do very little in the way of prevention. There is a movement to implement outcome policies in some university hospitals, outcome research is being done right now and it should bring down costs.

  4. Jess

    January 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I’m just hoping beyond hope probably, that either Vermont or California comes up with the version of single payer that the rest of the states might implement. I never imagined it to be this many that had pre existing conditions. That is shameful.