Sorry not to be more articulate (and clean!), so let me try again: WTF?
Tens of thousands of Americans who cannot get health insurance because of preexisting medical problems will be blocked from a program designed to help them because funding is running low.
Obama administration officials said Friday that the state-based “high-risk pools” set up under the 2010 health-care law will be closed to new applicants as soon as Saturday and no later than March 2, depending on the state.
Pardon my ignorance (as ever), but wasn’t one of the big sales pitches of EdselCare that no one should be denied health insurance because of a preexisting condition?
And now the government is denying people health insurance because of a preexisting condition?
I repeat: Huh?
[W]hile only about 135,000 people have gotten coverage at some point, they are proving far more costly to insure than predicted.
Between 9 million and 25 million people with preexisting conditions are uninsured, depending on the estimate.
Many people who are uninsured go untreated, exacerbating their medical problems. When they finally do get coverage through a high-risk pool, they are in immediate need of expensive care.
“What we’ve learned through the course of this program is that this is really not a sensible way for the health-care system to be run,” Cohen said.
You said it, pal. Our new health insurance coverage sounds a lot like the old, except for the lack of any choice or means of appeal.
We’ve taken our most precious asset, our health, and turned it over to something very much like the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
My God have mercy on our souls.
PS: “Between 9 million and 25 million” is a big spread (close enough for government work, however), but 135,000 is a piss-poor percentage of either one.