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#IAmAPreexistingCondition: Twitter fires back after House passes healthcare bill

People are sharing their tales of health insurance problems after the House GOP voted to repeal Obamacare


Katie Serena
May 6, 2017 12:15AM (UTC)

On Thursday, the House passed a bill that would start the motions to finally repeal and replace Obamacare. The American Health Care Act, dubbed "Trumpcare," outlined new requirements for insurance costs, including those related to preexisting conditions.

The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, mandated that insurers charge everyone the same amount, regardless of preexisting conditions or health history. It also required that they cover the costs of all prescription drugs, treatments and doctors visits.

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Trump's new law, which still requires a vote from the Senate, redefined those rules, telling insurers that they can adjust costs based on health history and preexisting conditions. Insurers will not be able to deny coverage outright, but they will be able to apply for a wavier on a state-by-state basis to allow them to charge higher premiums to people with preexisting conditions.

It also redefined preexisting conditions, adding to the list things that are arguably out of the patients control, such as PTSD from rapepregnancy, and domestic violence.

Obviously, people are mad.

Following the announcement that the bill had passed, the hashtag #IAmAPreexistingCondition began trending on Twitter.

Users around the country were prompted to share pictures of themselves or their loved ones receiving treatments and naming their diseases, along with the hashtag.

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Even celebrities began to join in, using their internet fame to bring light to the issue.

People are hoping that the amount of people sharing their stories will influence those who have yet to vote on the bill.

 

The bill has been passed by the House, but still requires a vote from the Senate to pass into law.


Katie Serena

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