Trumpcare, the new GOP health-care-reform bill, will allow states to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, including rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Earlier today the House narrowly passed Trumpcare, also known as the American Health Care Act, by a 217-213 vote. No Democrats backed the bill, and 20 Republicans broke ranks to oppose it.
Writing for Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow explains:
(Under Trumpcare) insurance companies will be allowed to discriminate against customers who have “pre-existing conditions,” refusing to pay for problems stemming from them.
What sort of thing might get you denied care? Oh, just a history of having been raped, subjected to domestic violence, or having PTSD. Also postpartum depression and Cesarean conditions.
The new Republican health care bill signals a dramatic and significant shift from Obamacare, where pre-existing conditions were guaranteed to receive coverage, including rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
ABC confirms that states will be allowed to give insurance companies permission to punish patients with pre-existing conditions with exorbitant rates, noting:
States can apply for waivers that will allow insurance companies to no longer be held to a “community rating” provision and charge far higher premiums for people who have pre-existing conditions.
The list of pre-existing conditions could also be extended to a variety of preventative health care services as well, including mammograms.
Gynecological exams also fall under the “pre-existing condition” category, an exam that sexual assault survivors rely on following attacks, and women in general use to keep up with their health.
Writing for New York Magazine, Sarah Spellings sums up the situation:
In Trump’s America, Rape Is a Preexisting Condition
Spellings goes on to note:
In addition to rape, postpartum depression, cesarean sections, and surviving domestic violence are all considered preexisting conditions. Companies can also deny coverage for gynecological services and mammograms.
The Hill reports millions of Americans will lose their health insurance under Trumpcare:
24 million Americans stand to lose their health insurance coverage if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is replaced with the American Health Care Act (AHCA). We know that most of those 24 million people will be low-income.
The Hill also notes that prior to Obamacare, “sexual assault survivors who had sought medical care for their injuries could be denied health insurance coverage at a later date. The reason? Health insurers often categorized rape as a pre-existing health condition.”
Bottom line: Trumpcare is a step backwards that will hurt millions of Americans.