AHCA Preexisting-Condition Policies: Not What You Think

It’s not what Democrats claim.

As demonstrated by the recent outrage surrounding the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in the House of Representatives, there is widespread misinformation about what is happening in Washington, D.C., when it comes to the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Legislators are largely to blame for the circus: Much of the confusion over what the vote means for access to health care stems from the sharp contrast in language used by the leaders of our major political parties.

Politicians use rhetoric to persuade people to take their point of view, and members of both parties employ scare tactics to misrepresent their opponents’ legislative goals. Debates on health care often bring out the worst of this type of language, with politicians playing on emotions and fear to cause hysteria and prevent people from examining the facts.

In the debate over the AHCA, Democrats felt forced to defend the status quo of Obamacare and repeatedly insisted that individuals with preexisting conditions would no longer be able to purchase insurance, even asserting that women would be charged extra for being victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. These claims could not be further from the truth….continue reading

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