Monday, November 19, 2007

Delay(ed) Health Care

DeLay claimed that, under the U.S. system, “no American is denied health care”:

Emergency health care is available to anyone, regardless of citizenship or ability to pay.

Observers estimate that anywhere from one to 18 percent of Americans are denied health insurance because of pre-existing health conditions.

Denied health insurance, not health care.

Currently 35 states have risk pools for those who have been denied health insurance. Four states require carriers to issue coverage to anyone who applies, regardless of prior health history. Several states have mandated open enrollment and others have carriers of last resort who must take anyone who applies. All states have HIPAA provisions that allow someone coming off a group plan to obtain coverage.

Odd how no one mentions that.
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