Tuesday, November 20, 2007


What? You already have coverage? Well then you're canceled. LATimes (11.20.07):
"When Rudolph W. Giuliani was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the spring of 2000, one thing he did not have to worry about was a lack of medical insurance.

Today, the former New York mayor joins two other cancer survivors in seeking the Republican presidential nomination: Arizona Sen. John McCain has been treated for melanoma, the most serious type of skin malignancy, and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson had lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system."

A gap in GOP candidates' healthcare proposals

"All three have offered proposals with the stated aim of helping the 47 million people in the U.S. who have no health insurance, including those with preexisting medical conditions."

"But under the plans all three have put forward, cancer survivors such as themselves could not be sure of getting coverage -- especially if they were not already covered by a government or job-related plan and had to seek insurance as individuals."

"'Unless it's in a state that has very strong consumer protections, they would likely be denied coverage,' said economist Paul Fronstin of the Employee Benefit Research Institute, who has reviewed the candidates' proposals. 'People with preexisting conditions would not be able to get coverage or would not be able to afford it.'"



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