Editor: Most of us know about pre-existing conditions from personal experience, and it is not only older people who are vulnerable. A small child can be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, making her insulin-dependent for life; a young woman can be struck by rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that twists her bones and attacks major organs; or a young parent in the prime of life can be stopped in his tracks by a diagnosis of cancer.
Barbara Comstock’s campaign website doesn’t mention pre-existing conditions or, actually any health insurance-related issue. Six times in Congress, Comstock voted to allow health insurance companies to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. Half a year ago, however, Comstock read the political tea leaves and suddenly switched to supporting insurance coverage of pre-existing conditions. Trouble is, Comstock still opposes the parts of the Affordable Care Act that make it possible to cover the high cost of insuring pre-existing conditions. Does she understand that cherry-picking one provision won’t work or does she just not care?
Recently the Trump administration announced a new policy permitting states to offer insurance plans that don’t meet the high standards of the Affordable Care Act. States could use federal money to subsidize cheaper plans with far less comprehensive coverage. It is all but certain that these new plans will be unable to include coverage for pre-existing conditions.
Don’t be fooled by Barbara Comstock’s empty rhetoric. Jennifer Wexton is the only candidate who will fight to protect coverage of pre-existing conditions.
Lynn Davis, Sterling