Sunday, April 04, 2010

Wesley J Smith -- Obamacare: Pre-Existing Condition Risk Pools–A Good Idea Held Hostage to Bad–to Start Soon

Obamacare: Pre-Existing Condition Risk Pools–A Good Idea Held Hostage to Bad–to Start Soon » Secondhand Smoke | A First Things Blog

This is ONE of the very things that needed to be fixed long ago! Could have taken just a few pages to do it, and much less time, as well.

From his column:

These risk pools should have been one of the main parts of a far more limited bill–with adequate funding to assure affordability. And again, this could have all been up and running by now had Obamacare supporters not held the pre-existing condition issue hostage to their more hegemonic, power grabbing ambitions.

When (and if) this bill is repealed, reformed, and replaced–the high risk pools should be kept. Indeed, I think they should replace the requirement that health insurance companies take all comers without regard to health. That would keep insurance costs lower for most people–it is in everyone’s interest that health insurance companies solvent, which, after all, is the purpose of underwriting–while making sure all people receive adequate protection. And it would cost a heck of a lot less money to the tax payers than the monstrosity with which we are now saddled.

Repeal. Reform. Replace.

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