ACA Magnifying Glass Allowinginsurers to sell plans that don't meet ACA standards couldundermine the health law by siphoning healthy consumers frominsurance pools. (Photo: Getty)

(Bloomberg) –Thousands of people have applied for new healthplans in Idaho that revive insurance-industry practices banned bythe Affordable Care Act, including charging sick people higherpremiums and limiting coverage for pre-existing conditions.

Early demand exceeded expectations at Blue Cross of Idaho, thefirst carrier to sell the plans. The company got about 3,000applications since it began marketing the plans Dec. 1; it hadexpected 800 at the most. The insurer covers about 575,000statewide.

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