As of yesterday, the term “pre-existing condition” has been stripped of its capacity to frighten. The same is true of the word “rescission,” the insurance industry practice of canceling coverage for customers who had the audacity to become ill and need assistance. Both have been rendered all but meaningless.
In the wake of yesterday’s vote, emergency rooms should begin to evolve back toward providers of emergency care and away from serving as outrageously expensive primary care clinics for the millions of uninsured. The uninsured themselves should shrink to a fraction of current levels. And Americans who have clung to jobs with health-care benefits attached will now be more likely to strike out on their own, knowing that they will be able to get insurance at an affordable rate.
And believe it or not, all this and more will happen without an onslaught of government tyranny, without the wholesale abandonment of medicine by physicians, without the ruination of the United States