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Thu Nov 8, 2018, 11:47 PM

Minnesota already had a 'high-risk pool' and it didn't fix health care

There’s a lot both parties can agree on when it comes to health care.

Yes, health care is expensive. Yes, people who are unfortunate enough to be sick should still be able to get health insurance. But as soon as you utter the phrase “pre-existing conditions,” it’s all political deadlock.

Democrats maintain that there should be mandated coverage for people who are already sick and therefore “uninsurable.” Republicans say that would be too expensive, usually with the phrases “socialized medicine” and “Obamacare” thrown in. The cost of caring for the expensive few shouldn’t burden the healthy many, they say. Surely, there can be a sort of monetary “pool” to take care of these “high-risk” individuals?

As it turns out, we don’t have to weigh one hypothetical health care system against another with the power of our imaginations alone. Minnesota used to have a “high-risk pool” for people with pre-existing conditions. Like most of the state’s health care systems, it went by a cumbersome acronym: MCHA (pronounced “EM-cha”) or the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association.

Read more: http://www.citypages.com/news/minnesota-already-had-a-high-risk-pool-and-it-didnt-fix-health-care/499692411

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 11:59 PM

1. so make "the pool" all 360 million ppl in the country. that should lower costs a tad nt

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Fri Nov 9, 2018, 02:52 AM

2. My SO was in a high-risk pool;

he made good money at his profession, but he said the high risk pool was very expensive.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 12:09 PM

3. MCHA saved my life.

And I never heard anyone call it Em-cha.

I take this article with a grain of salt. City Pages is no longer an independent paper. It is a subsidiary of the Strib, which is owned by the reich-winger Glen Taylor.

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