On Thursday, the House passed the American Health Care Act on a vote of 217-213, repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
It now heads to the Senate, where it will face stiff opposition from both Democrats and moderate conservatives.
One of the biggest criticisms of the new revamped health care bill is that it could weaken protections for those with pre-existing conditions, health conditions patients have before the date their new health coverage goes into effect.
Some of these pre-existing conditions could include pregnancy, menstrual irregularities, cancer or sleep apnea.
Under the new bill, states can allow health insurance companies to refuse to cover patients or charge them more for having a pre-existing condition, which is banned under Obamacare.
While insurance companies have varying lists of "declinable" or "uninsurable” conditions, here’s a partial list of health issues that may not be covered under the new health care bill, according to CNN:
- AIDS or ARC
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Anemia (Aplastic, Cooley's, Hemolytic, Mediterranean or Sickle Cell)
- Aortic or Mitral Valve Stenosis
- Bipolar disease
- Cerebral Palsy (infantile)
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Cirrhosis of the Liver
- Coagulation Defects
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Demyelinating Disease
- Esophageal Varicosities
- Friedreich's Ataxia
- Hepatitis (Type B, C or Chronic)
- Menstrual irregularities
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Organ transplants
- Parkinson's Disease
- Polycythemia Vera
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Renal Failure
- Sex reassignment
- Sjogren's Syndrome
- Sleep apnea
The list above includes health issues considered pre-existing conditions before Obamacare. It is not a comprehensive list.
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