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McConnell Backs Obamacare’s Pre-Existing Illness Protection, Source Says

  • Senate leader proposed health-bill idea to GOP: party aide
  • House-passed bill could force some with conditions to pay more
A demonstrator in support of President Barack Obama's health-care law holds up a sign outside the Supreme Court in Washington on June 25, 2015.
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is proposing to keep in place Obamacare’s protection against higher health-insurance premiums for people with pre-existing conditions when they buy individual coverage, said a Republican aide familiar with the recommendation.

The idea was discussed in a closed-door Senate GOP meeting Tuesday, said the aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Republicans in the chamber are working to craft a more modest health-care bill than a House measure that nonpartisan analysts said would cause premiums to skyrocket for many older, poorer and sicker Americans and result in 23 million fewer people with coverage over a decade.