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Devil in the details

GOP health care bill could allow issues stemming from sexual assault to qualify as pre-existing conditions

May 4, 2017

The GOP has reportedly amended its health care reform bill to allow states to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, including fallout suffered by survivors of sexual assault, domestic abuse, postpartum depression, and Cesarean sections. Under the new MacArthur-Meadows Amendment, companies would be allowed to discriminate based on one’s medical history — and even be allowed to deny coverage for gynecological services, mammograms, PTSD and some STDs.

President Trump, meanwhile, has promised that the new health care plan will “[take] care of pre-existing conditions.” How the plan would do so, however, has remained unclear.

For what it’s worth, the amendment did include a clause that read, “Nothing in this Act shall be construed as permitting health insurance issuers to discriminate in rates for health insurance coverage by gender.” That expression of good faith, however, appeared to be at odds with the bill’s apparent targeting of people who become pregnant, are domestically abused, or are raped — the majority of whom, it turns out, are women.

On Thursday, the Republican-led House narrowly passed a bill that would replace and repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

CORRECTION: The headline and body of this story have been updated to indicate that issues arising from sexual assault

Read the full story at New York magazine.


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