#CostsOfRepeal: Congressman Paulsen’s Repeal Would Take Health Care Away from 298,000 Children in Minnesota with Preexisting Conditions

Kids with preexisting conditions like asthma and diabetes would be the latest victims of Congressman  Erik Paulsen’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, with 298,000 at risk of losing their coverage in Minnesota – sending us back to the days when insurance companies were free to deny coverage to sick kids, or charge them exorbitant premiums.

Since 2010, the Affordable Care Act has prohibited insurance companies from denying coverage to children with preexisting conditions, expanding guaranteed health care access to up to 17 million children, and beginning next year, companies will also be prohibited from charging these kids’ families more – unless Congressman Paulsen repeals the ACA, leaving millions of children without coverage or forcing their families to struggle with unaffordable premiums.

“There is no one more innocent or vulnerable than a child, especially a child with a preexisting condition, but Congressman Paulsen’s cruel repeal of the Affordable Care Act would put 298,000 children in Minnesota at risk of losing their health coverage,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Thank heavens 17 million kids with preexisting conditions can get guaranteed health care for the first time, but Congressman Paulsen’s repeal agenda would kick them to the curb, throwing families back into a broken system where insurance companies were free to deny their kids’ coverage, or to drive them into bankruptcy with exorbitant premiums for children with conditions like asthma and diabetes.”

Repeal Could Deny Coverage to 17 Million Children with Pre-Existing Conditions. “As many as 129 million non-elderly Americans have a pre-existing health condition that puts them at risk of being denied affordable coverage without health care overhaul, according to a government report. The estimate represents nearly half of Americans younger than 65, and 86 percent of people 55 to 64 […]The act already prohibits insurers from limiting lifetime coverage to a fixed dollar amount or denying coverage to a child younger than 19 because of a pre-existing condition. As many as 17 million children younger than 18 have a pre-existing condition, according to the report.” [ABC News, 1/18/11]