Many people are worried about how potential changes to the federal health law might affect them. But few are as concerned as those with pre-existing health conditions.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) made it illegal for insurers to deny or charge people more money because of a history of illness. That's a pretty big deal because an estimated 52 million American adults have such conditions – ranging from serious ailments like diabetes and HIV to more minor maladies like acne or seasonal allergies. Before the ACA, people with these conditions were often denied insurance. If they were offered insurance, it could cost more or didn't include coverage of their condition.
Republicans insist they want to continue to allow people with pre-existing conditions to