Burchett plan would eliminate coverage for millions
(Knoxville, TN) Renee Hoyos reiterated her support for legislation introduced by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) that seeks to shore up the individual marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Alexander crafted the bill with Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) in an effort to pass a bipartisan bill that would make healthcare more accessible and more affordable.
In contrast, her opponent Tim Burchett would vote to repeal the ACA with no replacement and eliminate all mandates. His plan would allow insurance companies to discriminate based on pre-existing conditions, which now is illegal: “Health insurers can no longer charge more or deny coverage to you or your child because of a pre-existing health condition like asthma, diabetes, or cancer. They cannot limit benefits for that condition either. Once you have insurance, they can’t refuse to cover treatment for your pre-existing condition.” [https://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/about-the-aca/pre-existing-conditions/index.html]
“We need to find ways to expand healthcare coverage. Returning to the days when the health insurance industry made all the decisions is a step backward – one that would hurt Tennessee families,” said Hoyos.
The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that as many as half of all non-elderly Americans have a pre-existing condition as defined by underwriting criteria. A study by the Center for American Progress found that percentage to be the same in Tennessee’s Second Congressional District.