The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is the first major health insurance group to warn against the GOP’s last-ditch ObamaCare repeal bill on Wednesday, saying it would “undermine” protections for pre-existing conditions.
“The bill contains provisions that would allow states to waive key consumer protections, as well as undermine safeguards for those with pre-existing medical conditions,” the association said in a statement.
The Hill added:
The bill would allow states to repeal ObamaCare rules that prevent people with pre-existing conditions from being charged higher premiums.
The group, a top association of health insurers, also warned against funding cuts in the bill, saying the block grants it would create could be too small.
“The legislation reduces funding for many states significantly and would increase uncertainty in the marketplace, making coverage more expensive and jeopardizing Americans’ choice of health plans,” the statement said.
The major groups representing doctors and hospitals, such as the American Hospital Association, have already declared their opposition to the bill, saying the legislation eliminates coverage for millions of Americans.
“This proposal would erode key protections for patients and consumers and does nothing to stabilize the insurance market now or in the long term,” Rick Pollack, AHA’s president and CEO, said in a statement Tuesday.
“In addition, the block grant to provide support for the expansion population expires in 2026, thereby eliminating coverage for millions of Americans.”