GOP Health Bill's Changes Go Far Beyond Preexisting Conditions

Kaiser Health News, September 25, 2017

The bill proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) would disrupt the existing health system more than any of the measures considered so far this year, according to supporters and critics.

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) speaks as Sen. Dean Heller (R-N.V.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) listen during a news conference on health care September 13, 2017. Senators Graham, Cassidy, Heller and Johnson unveiled a proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Obamacare. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

This article first appeared September 22, 2017 on Kaiser Health News.

By Julie Rovner

The latest GOP effort to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act is getting a lot of attention, even if its passage seems unlikely. But there is far more to the measure than its changes to rules regarding preexisting health conditions.

In fact, the bill proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) would disrupt the existing health system more than any of the measures considered so far this year, according to supporters and critics.

For backers of the bill, that disruption is a good thing. But others are appalled. As insurance industry analyst Robert Laszewski put it in a note to clients this week, “Would you rather lose your Republican Senate seat because you couldn’t pass an Obamacare repeal-and-replace plan or because you blew up the health insurance system?”

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Kaiser Health News is a national health policy news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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