GOP’s Healthcare Bill Defines Contraception As Abortion, Brings Back ‘Pre-Existing Conditions’ To Insurance
Republican Healthcare Bill Aims to Make Pre-Existing Conditions Great Again (For Insurance companies)
Curious to see what a GOP replacement of the Affordable Care Act might look like? Look no further than Minnesota, where State lawmakers have tossed together a smorgasbord of shitty alt-right ideas that might clue us in on the future healthcare bill the Republican party might dump on the rest of America.
The bill (H.F. 1128) would reestablish the rights of health insurance companies to deny people coverage based on pre-existing conditions — illnesses you had prior to obtaining the new insurance — even if you didn’t know you were sick while getting the new insurance. Insurance companies would also regain the right to deny your coverage when changing plans or policies after having discovered a condition.
In other words, if you discovered you had a serious medical condition after having signed up for a new plan, you’re screwed. And if you develop that medical condition while you have insurance, you better cling to that plan for dear life, because changing it means yours aforementioned condition will not be covered.
The Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) prohibited insurance companies from abusing people with pre-existing conditions. It’s one of the many popular features of the ACA that would be lost if Donald Trump and the Republican Party were to successfully repeal it.
Healthcare Bill Also Defines Contraception As Abortion, Because Science? That’s For Nerds
But perhaps the most outrageous and ridiculous element of H.F. 1128 revolves around one of the alt-right’s key platform issues: banning abortion and restricting a woman’s right to choose. And if there’s one thing in this healthcare bill that will cause salivating alt-right fringers to clap giddily while their drool-doused tongues flail haphazardly around the room, it’s definitely that.
H.F. 1128 defines contraception as abortion, and forces insurance companies to offer plans that do not offer coverage for contraceptives whatsoever, all while dropping in a very large, unmistakable, and unavoidable loophole that would allow those companies to not cover contraceptives at all.
Buried near the end of page 8, in section 10 [62Q.461] of the healthcare bill, GOP lawmakers attempted to sneak in a direct hit on abortion… which to them apparently also means preventing pregnancies to begin with.
For purposes of this requirement, “contraceptive methods that are abortifacients” include hormonal and copper intrauterine devices, Plan B and Ella emergency contraception (morning after pills), and other methods of contraception that prevent implantation of the fertilized egg or affect the implanted embryo.
For those conservatives reading this who aren’t comprehending the terrifying hilarity of that paragraph, let me try to explain this in layman’s terms: abortion is the act of terminating a pregnancy. You have to actually be pregnant in order for an abortion to be carried out. Contraception is the act of preventing a woman from getting pregnant in the first place.
To put all that even simpler: if you believe the use of contraceptives is the same thing as abortion, you’re a fucking idiot.
Who authored this alt-right legislative porn? Minnesota State Congressman Glenn Gruenhagen, that’s who. Gruenhagen is a radical far-right fringer who believes, among other things, that the popular vote is “mob democracy,” that gay conversion therapy (torturing the gay away) is something that works (it absolutely doesn’t), and that climate change is nothing more than a conspiracy concocted by the United Nations for reasons unknown.
With republicans chomping at the bit to repeal “Obamacare” and replace it with a healthcare bill of their own, the American people — particularly those who are sick or might become sick — should be preparing themselves, mentally and physically, for whatever terrible thing the GOP does next. And if their national healthcare bill resembles even slightly the one proposed in Minnesota, the nation as a whole could be in for some very rough roads on the healthcare front.
Featured image courtesy of Mark Wilson/ Getty Images