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Universal health care isn’t so universal

Low-cost coverage in Obama health plan not for all
April 16, 2010 by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR

WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s an eagerly awaited early benefit of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul: affordable coverage for Americans with medical problems who can’t get a private insurer to even take a look.

Starting in July, a special high-risk pool will offer coverage to uninsured people with pre-existing health conditions at a cost similar to what everyone else pays. It’s the first test of whether the administration can deliver on Obama’s vision within the budget Congress set.

But some vulnerable patients are probably going to feel a little cheated. Consider this coverage wrinkle:

Suppose your cancer is in remission. You had to quit your job while you were having chemotherapy, and your employer coverage ran out. You can’t find a private insurer who’ll take you, but you’re lucky to live in a state that has its own high-risk pool. Still, you have to struggle to pay the premiums, well above standard insurance because sicker people are in the group. Yet as the federal program is designed, you wouldn’t be able to switch over and take advantage of significant savings.

The reason: You have to be uninsured to qualify for the new plan.

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