Administration's Claims on Pre-existing Conditions Grossly exaggerated

Don Surber was the first to blow the whistle today on the Administration’s claims, made to beat back the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare:

Now that Republicans plan to vote on repealing this unconstitutional law, Democrats are throwing up make-believe numbers to scare people.

From the Washington Post: “As many as 129 million Americans under age 65 have medical problems that are red flags for health insurers, according to an analysis that marks the government’s first attempt to quantify the number of people at risk of being rejected by insurance companies or paying more for coverage.”

So, 65% of the 200 million people with health insurance through their employer are so diseased no one will insure them.

This makes no sense.

The story does not define just what these red flags are.

But the 65% figure contradicts what Democrats previously said about the uninsured


How right he was.

Today Republicans and insurers fought back and HHS Secretary could not produce her work papers on which she based her claim.

The actual number of Americans within the 50 million to 129 million range cited by HHS who have been denied coverage is unclear. The study estimated that up to 25 million of them are currently uninsured, without breaking out the number of people who were rejected by insurance companies.

Asked for more information, HHS referred to a House Energy and Commerce Committee study last fall. That report found 651,000 people were denied coverage by the four largest for-profit insurers in the three years before the health care overhaul passed.

AHIP opposed the health care law enacted last year and set to go into full force in 2014. A 2009 AHIP study found nine in 10 people under 65 are insured through their employers, which generally don’t withhold health coverage over pre-existing conditions.

The study also found nearly nine in 10 people who apply for coverage in the individual market are accepted — others can apply to public programs like Medicaid, Zirkelbach noted.


Since  making sure those with pre-existing conditions obtained insurance was a key factor the Administration pushed in ramming through  Obamacare, the fact that it cannot justify its extravagant claims is particularly telling.


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