Experts: Heller’s Sham Bill Won’t Actually Protect Pre-Existing Conditions

Scrambling to cover for the unpopularity of his many attempts strip health care away from Nevadans, Dean Heller just co-sponsored a bill that pretends to address coverage for pre-existing conditions.

Unfortunately for Heller — and for Nevadans — the bill is a sham with a loophole big enough to drive a car through: instead of forcing insurers to cover pre-existing conditions, Heller will allow insurers to cover chronically sick people but not cover their chronic medical conditions. So a Nevadan with diabetes could buy health insurance — but that health insurance wouldn’t cover the cost of insulin.

“Wolf in sheep’s clothing, lipstick on a pig — call it what you want, but the outcome is the same: Heller’s attempt at damage control would still strip Americans with pre-existing existing conditions of the coverage they depend on,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman.“This bill is a slap in the face to the 1.2 million Nevadans living with pre-existing conditions, and to the millions of voters who want real, substantive legislative solutions — not sloppy political messaging stunts.”

P.S. The bill would also allow insurers to charge more based on gender. Happy Friday, ladies.

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