Health Reform and the Governor’s Race

By Benjamin Nanes

Starting in 2014, the health care reform legislation recently passed by Congress will prohibit insurers from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions.

For the next few years though, insurers will be allowed to continue their current practice of charging higher premiums for people with chronic medical conditions, or denying coverage altogether. In order to provide immediate help to those who are unable to purchase health insurance because of preexisting conditions, the legislation also provides for the creation of state-based high-risk pools where people who could not purchase insurance elsewhere would be able to find coverage.

But Georgia’s insurance commissioner and Republican candidate for governor, John Oxendine, doesn’t want the state to participate.

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