In the US, issues on continuing pre-exisitng conditions may become top campaign theme

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The issue on health may soon become a potent campaign theme as mid-year election inevitably looms.

A recently-published poll revealed that candidates’ position on pre-existing medical conditions will matter to Americans as they mull who to vote for.

“Continuing pre-existing condition protections ranks first among six other candidate positions on health care issues with 63 percent of voters rating it the “most important” or a “very important” factor,” a report read.

“We’re seeing candidates in every single district talking about health care,” said Tyler Law, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in a New York Times report. “There is nowhere this does not play.”

The issue on health care came into public light again as US President Donald Trump is reportedly pushing for a so-called “short-term, limited duration insurance,” which may allegedly be offered as a cheaper alternative than a comprehensive health insurance as the law provides.

Unlike in the previous administration, these short-term insurance will no longer just cover at least three months but for a year instead, a report read. Such short-term insurance will also not cover maternity care, prescription drugs, and pre-existing conditions.

“Consumer advocates, doctors, hospitals and some insurance companies expressed deep concern about the new plans, saying they would not adequately protect people who develop serious illnesses and could further destabilize insurance markets by drawing away healthy people,” the report added.

Other refer to the short-term insurance as “junk insurance.” Still, those behind it are adamant about seeing this through.

“We make no representation that it’s equivalent coverage,” said Jim Parker, a senior adviser at Health and Human Services, adding that “what we do know is that there are individuals today who have been priced out of coverage.”

Jesse Hunt, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee said, “people tend to vote with their pocketbooks, and the strong economic performance will be at the forefront of every discussion this fall. A contrast between single-payer health care and our ideas — a more patient-centered approach — is a debate we fully welcome.”