Richard Cordray talks pre-existing medical conditions, health care policies

independentcollegian Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray told UT students and community members that protecting pre-existing medical conditions is a priority Thursday. Under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, insurers may not “charge more or deny coverage” on the basis of pre-existing medical conditions. Democratic candidates running in midterm elections around the country have turned the established protections into a campaign tactic, claiming their Republican counterparts – in an effort to repeal the ACA – endanger coverage for patients with adverse medical history. “For people who have threats to their health, it’s enough that they have to focus on their treatment and their care…without having to worry that they’re going to be financially ruined because of the way health insurance is handled,” Cordray said. Republican candidates, including Cordray’s opponent Mike DeWine, insist on maintaining protections in their efforts to repeal and replace the current health care system. His campaign website emphasizes his commitment to protections. “Mike DeWine has been clear — he supports protecting coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.” According to the statement, “he especially understands that health insurance needs to be there when people need it the most. That includes the traditional Medicaid program… People can count on this safety-net program to be there for them.” PolitiFact, a nonpartisan fact-checking site rated Cordray’s claim that DeWine wanted to allow insurance companies to refuse to pay for pre-existing conditions, as “half-true.” DeWine entered a Republican lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act in 2011, that, if passed, would have struck down pre-existing condition protections. Recently DeWine’s been on the defensive, reinforcing his opposition over the individual mandate provision, not the guaranteed protections. Cordray was joined by local Democratic officials. They picked-apart DeWine’s past health care policy positions. “I wouldn’t trust Mike DeWine to protect my parking space at UT here, let alone my health care,” Ohio …

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