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Reality Check: A.A.R.P Launches Anti-Health Care Bill in Nevada

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If you watch our station, you've seen an advertisement from the A.A.R.P. that urges Nevadans to call Senator Dean Heller and tell him to vote against the American Health Care Act. The commercial is also playing in Colorado, Arizona, and Alaska.  

A couple sits in a financial services office, and this conversation takes place: 

Accountant: "Alright, let’s get started. You’re both over 50?”
Wife: “Yes."
Accountant: “Okay, that’ll cost you.”
Wife: “Why?”
Accountant: “The new health care bill in congress. If you’re over 50, insurance companies can charge you five times more. It’s an age tax.”

This claim, for the most part is true.

The house bill allows insurance companies to charge older customers up to five times more than younger Americans. There are two things to know: First, right now, insurers can charge three times as much for older Americans compared to younger ones. Secondly, under this bill a state could create its own limit.

Accountant: “Any pre-existing conditions?”
Husband: “I have asthma."
Accountant: “Okay, well, insurers can charge thousands more for that.This is going to be a big bill.”

Speculation.

The house-passed bill mandates that insurers cannot turn people away with pre-existing conditions. However, insurers are not limited to how much they could charge that person. Plus, a state could still waive that requirement.

Announcer: "Tell Senator Heller vote 'no' on the health care bill." 

Senator Dean Heller has told Channel 2 he opposes the bill in its current form. Senate leadership said they are creating their own health care bill from scratch. 

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