Republicans put in bind over preexisting conditions

November 3, 2018, The Hill, Nathaniel Weixel- New actions from the Trump administration are complicating efforts of vulnerable Republicans to show their support for pre-existing condition protections heading into Tuesday’s midterm elections. The Trump administration moved last week to allow states to waive certain ObamaCare requirements and pursue conservative health policies that were previously not allowed under the Obama administration. “States know much better than the federal government how their markets work,” Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma said at the time. “We are making sure that they have the ability to adopt innovative strategies to reduce costs for Americans, while providing higher quality options.” The new rules would allow states to promote health plans that don’t require the same level of coverage as the federal health law, including charging people with pre-existing conditions more money.

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