Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., had an opinion piece printed May 22 on these pages where he argued that the Trumpcare bill provides better coverage for those with preexisting conditions such as cancer, and says to claim otherwise would be "egregious."
Since the publication of Cramer's letter, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported that under the bill, "community-rated premiums would rise over time, and people who are less healthy (including those with preexisting or newly acquired medical conditions) would ultimately be unable to purchase comprehensive non-group health insurance at premiums comparable to those under current law, if they could purchase it at all--despite the additional funding that would be available under Trumpcare to help reduce premiums."
In other words, those with preexisting conditions will pay more to keep their current coverage and, in some cases, so much more that they won't be able to afford it at all.
A statement about the CBO score on Cramer's website speaks approvingly of the report while not mentioning the phrase "preexisting conditions." Such an obvious omission seems pretty egregious.
Briggs lives in Fargo.
Original letter from Inforum.