The Morning Brew: Oklahomans on how an Obamacare repeal would impact them
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Oklahomans on Obamacare show how repeal would affect them
The Oklahoman's Jaclyn Cosgrove reports how several Oklahomans with pre-existing conditions are taking the news of an Obamacare repeal, without a replacement plan being named.
The Affordable Care Act prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
Eric Brown, 38, is an emergency medicine physician who works in Tulsa and a childhood cancer survivor.
When Eric Brown was in medical school, before the Affordable Care Act, he found out he could no longer be covered on his parents' insurance.
Because of his pre-existing condition — the cancer he had been cured of since about age 9 — he wasn't able to get coverage.
"It was a really strange situation to have someone in medical school who couldn't get health care coverage for himself," Sabine Brown said.
They finally found a plan, but the deductible was high, and the monthly premium was expensive.
If the Affordable Care Act were repealed, and insurance companies could once again deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions, the Browns worry about what that would mean for Eric.
"If he were to ever lose his job, and the Affordable Care Act was repealed, we would be in a really unique situation of having a physician who was uninsurable," Sabine Brown, Eric Brown's wife, said.
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