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Healthcare was one of the dominant issues in the 2018 midterm elections.
In particular, protections for people with preexisting conditions has become a key point of debate between Democrats and Republicans.
Democrats argue the GOP’s attempts to repeal Obamacare would have undermined preexisting condition protections.
Republicans say they want to protect preexisting conditions while providing more choices for consumers.
Complicating the matter is a pending lawsuit against the ACA brought by 20 Republican state attorneys general.
Polls show that voters trust Democrats more on the issue.

As the 2018 midterm election season comes to a close on Tuesday, so too does a battle over one of the biggest pieces of Obamacare.

Obamacare’s protections for people with preexisting conditions became a heated point of contention for the two parties, with each side arguing that the other was misrepresenting their position on the protections.

Democrats hammered their GOP opponents on the preexisting condition issue, arguing the Republican’s repeated attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act would have undermined protections for sicker Americans.

The GOP argued that preexisting condition protections have always been a part of their healthcare platform, but also kept the door open for new healthcare policies.

Given the relative importance of healthcare to voters, Democrats ability to highlight the problems with the Republican plans and the GOP’s ability to combat those attacks could determine which party maintains control of Congress.

Here’s what the preexisting condition fight is about

Prior to the Affordable Care Act becoming law, insurers were able to deny people coverage due to a preexisting condition in many states. And in most states, even if insurers did offer plans to sick people, the companies could drive up premiums for people with preexisting conditions.

The ACA’s preexisting condition protections mostly helped people in the individual health insurance market — Americans who did not receive coverage from a job or a …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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