Coffman Introduces Insurance Regulation Bill

Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman introduced the “Guaranteed Health Coverage for Pre-Existing Conditions Act of 2014” to “prohibit the ability of an insurance company to deny coverage based on a pre-existing medical condition in the event that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, is repealed,” according to a July 31 media release from Coffman’s office.

In other words, Coffman wants to make sure that government smothers insurers with rights-violating regulations, whether or not ObamaCare exists. But the problem regarding pre-existing conditions is almost entirely a creation of government, which pushed most people from long-term personal insurance to (typically short-term) employer-based insurance. Is there any prominent Republican, anywhere, willing to stand up and say that government should protect rather than violate the rights of patients, insurers, and doctors?