Saturday, May 6, 2017

Under Trumpcare Victims Of Rape Could Be Denied Coverage By Insurance Companies

Yesterday the Republicans in the House passed new health care legislation in their latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The celebration they had after the passage of the bill was loud but what was actually contained within the legislation was kept quiet.

Now we know why.

In just one of the breathtaking and grotesque sections of the bill it has been discovered that victims of rape could be charged more or flat out denied coverage as a result of being sexually assaulted.

An amendment contained in the bill would allow states to grant insurance companies the ability to deny coverage to patients based on their personal medical histories. This part of the bill is known as the “MacArthur-Meadows amendment”

This amendment added to the bill effectively gives states permission to discriminate against survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, who have conditions stemming from the violence committed against them.

Believe it or not before Obamacare insurance companies used to consider medical treatment related to domestic violence and rape a pre-existing condition that would preclude survivors from getting insurance. This meant that rape survivors who sought treatment for physical and mental injuries could be denied health care.

But under Obamacare however, patients were guaranteed the right to receive coverage at the same rate despite their personal medical histories.

The American Health Care Act (Trumpcare) is intended to change that.

The AHCA in effect lets states waive the Obamacare ban on denying coverage for women who have been raped under the pretext that it was a pre-existing condition.

So aside from the 24 million Americans stand to lose their health insurance coverage under Trumpcare you can add to that list victims of sexual assault.

Makes you wonder what Trump and all his cohorts were cheering in the White House Rose Garden yesterday doesn't it?

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