One of the most eagerly awaited aspects of the new national healthcare law kicks in by late June and could rescue people in the greatest crises of their lives -- seriously ill, facing mammoth medical bills with no health insurance.http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/04/01/1559526/will-all-with-preexisting-ills.html
The law sets up federally subsidized high-risk health insurance pools in each state to cover people with preexisting conditions such as cancer, diabetes and pulmonary disease who today cannot buy insurance at any price.
It's not clear how many of the estimated 12.6 million Americans with preexisting conditions who are now uninsured would be covered, because the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is still setting up the program's rules.
"This will help people with diabetes with wounds that don't heal and they lose limbs," said Linda Quick, president of the South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association. "People with end-stage renal disease who can't get dialysis."
Critics say the pools will be overwhelmed by millions of people requiring expensive care who will quickly exhaust the $5 billion one-time federal subsidy on which it is based. Even supporters acknowledge the premiums sick people will pay for the new policies may be so high they exclude many who need them.
"Even supporters acknowledge the premiums sick people will pay for the new policies may be so high they exclude many who need them"? After writing editorials in favor of the healthcare bill, the media is finally getting around to questioning the truthfulness of its most popular promises.
Don't you wish you could sue reporters for malpractice?