Good ol' days weren't so good for Americans' health coverage

Jul 21, 2017 Renee Gamino, Cheyenne


When it comes to pre-existing health conditions, there is no such thing as the good ol' days.

As the Wyoming director of AARP, I know we cannot afford to go back in time.

Before 2010, insurers could charge sick people impossibly high rates.

If you had cancer, or diabetes, or even a Caesarean section, insurance companies labeled it a pre-existing condition and slapped you with a whopping insurance premium.

Rates were so high, many people I knew had to go without health insurance. They just couldn't afford it.

Well, here we go again.

The proposed Senate health care bill, now being considered, gives the upper hand back to insurers.

This is especially punishing for people ages 50-64, who often have chronic conditions like the 42,000 of them right here in Wyoming.

The pre-existing conditions part should have been the first chunk to be thrown out. But, the Senate bill is still just as bad as before.