The Journal Gazette asked U.S. Senate candidates Joe Donnelly and Mike Braun and U.S. Congressional candidates Jim Banks and Courtney Tritch to state where they stand on lifetime limits that would cap liability for health insurance companies.
Here are their statements sent by email:
U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly
“The McClearys are fighting every day to make sure their daughter with cerebral palsy gets the care she needs. That’s hard enough without facing bankruptcy or staring down insurance companies to pay for critical, costly treatments, and it’s why we can’t go back to the days when insurers could deny Hoosiers health care coverage due to a pre-existing condition or limit coverage by the imposition of annual or lifetime caps.
Policies like the ‘junk plans’ the Administration is proposing, or its lawsuit to dismantle protections for pre-existing conditions, would bankrupt families like the McClearys, and they’re another reason we need folks in Washington willing to put hard-working Hoosiers first.”
Mike Braun, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate
“Mike Braun supports plans that cover pre-existing conditions with no coverage limits because no one should go broke because they got sick or had a bad accident. Mike has held healthcare premiums steady for his employees for 9 years, and looks forward to weighing in on market-driven plans that work for Hoosiers in Washington.”
Jim Banks, U.S. Representative, 3rd District
“The health care bill Congress voted on last year gave states the ability to roll back certain Obamacare regulations that have burdened patients and caused premiums to skyrocket, all while ensuring that no one with pre-existing conditions would be denied or be unable to afford quality coverage.
The American Healthcare Act did not remove the prohibition on lifetime limits at the federal level. States had the option to apply for a waiver that would allow them to define ‘essential health benefits’ in a different way than the federal government.”
Courtney Tritch, candidate for 3rd Congressional District
“No one should be bankrupted because of a medical illness, and those with pre-existing conditions should never be denied coverage. Last year’s health care bill that Jim Banks voted for would have denied people with pre-existing conditions coverage, drastically cut Medicaid, and left over 20 million people uninsured by 2026. We should be focused on lowering the price of insurance and prescription drugs, instead of increasing costs.”
: Jamie Duffy, The Journal Gazette