Those who are interested in pre-existing conditions as a litmus test of judging the moral rightness of a policy should consider who is responsible for their existence and what kind of policies brought us to a state where the only way to get affordable health-care is to have employer-provided health insurance. There is a whole history of legislation since WWII-era wage restrictions and deductions for employer provided insurance that got us here.
The phenomenon of pre-existing conditions didn't happen because it made sense in the free market any more than the phenomenon of widespread employer-provided insurance. It happened because of decades of dislocations caused by government policy. And now the next generation of politicians and their proponents, including Obama's euphemistically-named "Truth Team", are citing the consequences of their predecessors' previous folly to justify their policy of further control of medical care.
Their arguments will only seem to hold water if you are unaware of history and/or economics. Inoculate yourself against fallacy.
Force is not Freedom... Even when it's motivated by compassion.
(photo credit: "Shell Game" by EmilyKBecker)
- Economics - Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt (or read it online)
- Economics - Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell
- History, Perspective, and Solutions - Moral Health Care vs. “Universal Health Care” Lin Zinser and Paul Hsieh
- History - New Year for Choosing a Health Plan
- History - Is Employer-Based Health Insurance Worth Saving?
- (note: I do not agree with the author's policy statements... but I find his history of employer-based health insurance to be an interesting corroborating data point)