Have you wondered how a national health plan would deal with pre-existing conditions?
What would be covered and what would be rejected under a state plan?
Well, a look at one state's list--- the state of Alaska, often considered very "conservative" politically--- is extremely revealing.
You may be very surprised at some of the items considered diseases or medical conditions.
A citizen diagnosed with one of the medical conditions listed below, who meets the other eligibility requirements, automatically qualifies for the ACHIA Federal Pool.
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
Artificial Heart Valve
Cirrhosis of the Liver
Hepatitis C (Active) (1998)
Kidney Failure Anemia
Lead Poisoning w/ Cerebral Involvement
Lupus Erythematosus Disseminate
Malignant Tumor (if treatment within last 4 yrs)
Motor or Sensory Aphasia
Multiple or Disseminated Sclerosis
Muscular Atrophy or Dystrophy
Obesity - Morbid
Open Heart Surgery
Paraplegia or Quadriplegia
Peripheral Arteriosclerosis (if treatment within last 3 yrs)
Polyarteritis (Periarteritis Nodosa)
Sickle Cell Anemia
Splenic Anemia (True Banti's Syndrome)
Tabes Dorsalis (locomotor Ataxia)
Thalassemia (Cooley's or Mediterranean Kidney
Topectomy and Lobotomy
A letter from a physician confirming the diagnosis with the physician’s name and address must accompany an application. (A denial letter from an insurance company or letter of acceptance with a reduction or exclusion of coverage for the pre-existing condition will also satisfy the pre-existing condition eligibility requirement.)
There are some pretty amazing "medical conditions" accepted by the plan.
Like "Obesity--- Morbid." This is a volunteer malady, a condition of gluttony. But the plan will cover it.
So what about smoking? Is this covered under "Heart Disorders"?
Riding a motorcycle with no helmet? Alcoholism? Meth addiction?
How will the health plan be able to fund such conditions? In the US, the floodgate is now open.