Advocacy is not limited to adults. These Wisconsin teens shared some powerful stories with me about their fight against childhood cancer. pic.twitter.com/VJ0eQDXu7U
â€” Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) April 27, 2017
That photo-op is unfortunate, since Speaker Ryan just passed a healthcare bill that allows states to waive consumer protections that bar insurers from charging higher premiums to childhood cancer survivors.
What’s gotten less attention is that insurers would have more opportunities to get into people’s personal business to charge sick people more. As a health services researcher, I understand why insurers have an incentive to ask: “Have you ever been treated for depression?” But it’s none of their business, and ACA quite rightly prohibited these practices.