Health reform implementation

House GOP will seek to fortify ObamaCare’s high-risk pools

{mosads}”Full repeal of ObamaCare remains our goal but we can take this specific action to help Americans with pre-existing conditions receive insurance coverage now,” Cantor wrote.

The bill Cantor referred to will reopen enrollment in a temporary insurance plan for people with pre-existing conditions that was enacted as part of healthcare reform.

The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) has struggled to get off the ground, and earlier this year, the Obama administration announced that it would suspend enrollment due to cost concerns.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), would take funds from other parts of ObamaCare, including its investments in public and preventive health, to fund PCIP.

The program is designed to offer insurance to vulnerable patients while the rest of the law’s provisions, including a ban on discrimination due to pre-existing conditions, kick in next year.

“Republicans have historically supported high-risk pools and reinsurance programs,” Cantor wrote on Friday.

The forthcoming bill follows an attempt by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his deputies to convince the Obama administration to bolster PCIP on its own using other funds for healthcare reform.

“Our disagreement on the broader issues of the law should not preclude us from working together to take this specific action,” the leaders wrote to President Obama on March 5.

The other stated GOP healthcare priority — fighting pediatric diseases — will involve a bill to eliminate taxpayer funding of presidential campaigns and direct the money toward research at the National Institutes of Health.

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