Now, CNN reports that Snyder lacked insurance because he had a pre-existing medical condition, which “made it impossible for him to find coverage.” Watch the segment from last night’s Situation Room:
There are an estimated 50 to 129 million Americans who, like Snyder, have medical conditions that lead to higher health insurance costs or an inability to find any coverage at all. sSolving this problem is one of the core goals of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
By 2014, the law will forbid insurers from charging sick patients more or rejecting them out of hand, a move that is only possible when coupled with the individual health insurance mandate conservatives despise. But even before 2014, Snyder could potentially have been eligible for a federal high-risk insurance pool for people with pre-existing conditions, which was established last year.
People like Snyder, who cannot find affordable insurance, are exactly who the law is intended to help. Even people who hate the law, like Paul — who has said “Obamacare” is “monstrous” and “bad for your health” — may find themselves thankful for it down the road.