You Are Guaranteed Essential Health Benefits Under the Law. But Republicans Want to Take Them Away.

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The Affordable Care Act guarantees that your health care plan includes essential health benefits like hospitalization. People with pre-existing conditions can't be discriminated against. Before the ACA, many people were stuck with "junk plans" that barely covered anything. A trip to the emergency room or the birth of a child left people with tens of thousands of dollars in debt.

That's why medical bills were the leading cause of bankruptcy in America before the Affordable Care Act.

Under the law, people with pre-existing conditions like cancer, diabetes and asthma can't be denied health coverage or have their rates jacked up so they can’t afford health plans. There are more than 4 million people in Michigan with pre-existing conditions.

When asked by their constituents about health care, Republicans said, time and time again, that they oppose the law requiring insurance plans to cover essential health benefits.  

Other essential health benefits Republicans don’t consider necessary include emergency room care; prescription drugs, despite skyrocketing costs; and substance abuse treatment, even in the wake of the opioid crisis.

And many Republicans oppose another essential benefit. Many said that they don’t believe materniry care needs to be covered in health care plans.  

Here's a partial list of pre-existing conditions that could be excluded if Republicans kill the ACA:

Depression

Dermatomyositis

Diabetes

Dialysis

Esophageal Varicosities

Friedreich's Ataxia

Hepatitis (Type B, C or Chronic)

Menstrual irregularities

Multiple Sclerosis

Muscular Dystrophy

Myasthenia Gravis

Obesity

Organ transplants

Paraplegia

Parkinson's Disease

Polycythemia Vera

Pregnancy

Psoriatic Arthritis

Pulmonary Fibrosis

Renal Failure

Sarcoidosis

Scleroderma

Sjogren's Syndrome

Sleep apnea

Tuberculosis

Acne

Acromegaly

AIDS or ARC

Alzheimer's Disease

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Anemia (Aplastic, Cooley's, Hemolytic, Mediterranean or Sickle Cell)

Anxiety

Aortic or Mitral Valve Stenosis

Arteriosclerosis

Arteritis

Asbestosis

Asthma

Bipolar disease

Cancer

Cardiomyopathy

Cerebral Palsy (infantile)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Cirrhosis of the Liver

Coagulation Defects

Congestive Heart Failure

Cystic Fibrosis

Demyelinating Disease