There's a simple answer on how to deal with people with pre-existing conditions — create an insurance market just for them, Independent Institute senior fellow John Goodman told CNBC on Thursday.
Concern over coverage for those with pre-existing conditions grew after a provision was inserted into the Republican health-care bill that would, under certain conditions, undo Obamacare's ban on letting insurers charge people with those conditions more for their insurance plans than healthy people.
The legislation passed the House on Thursday afternoon and now heads over to the Senate for consideration.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, about 27 percent of adults under the age of 65 have health conditions that would likely leave them uninsurable if they applied for individual market coverage before Obamacare. In Colorado and Minnesota, that number is 22 percent, but in Southern states such as Alabama and Kentucky, the number climbs to 33 percent. In West Virginia, 36 percent of the non-elderly population would have declinable conditions.
However, Goodman called those figures "nonsense."