Without Obamacare, 52 million Americans could be denied insurance

One in four non-elderly adults has a medical condition, ranging from diabetes to pregnancy to severe obesity to arthritis, that would make them uninsurable under the health coverage rules that prevailed before the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study.

Before President Obama’s signature health-care law took effect, insurers could deny coverage to people buying individual health plans or charge them higher rates based on their health history, occupation or the medications they took. Through one of the law’s most popular provisions, insurers can’t deny people coverage — and the factors they use to determine people’s premiums are extremely limited.

President-elect Donald Trump has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but said in an interview on “60 Minutes” that prohibiting insurers from denying insurance to people based on their health history is “one of the strongest assets” of the law.

– Washington Post

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