Last night on the Jay Leno show, Mitt Romney said he wants insurance companies to be able to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
Before the Affordable Care Act:
Insurance companies could deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, from asthma to cancer.
Insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to children under 19 with pre-existing conditions, and adults with pre-existing conditions who haven’t found affordable insurance can now get coverage through the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Program.
This program serves as a bridge until 2014, when insurance companies won’t be able to turn anyone down or charge more due to a pre-existing condition.