GOP’er: People Who Lead Good Lives Don’t Have Pre-Existing Conditions - SFGate
If you lead a good life, you’ll have nothing to worry about under the revised Trumpcare legislation, an Alabama congressman says.
During an interview Monday with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Rep. Mo Brooks said, “My understanding is that (the new proposal) will allow insurance companies to require people who have higher health care costs to contribute more to the insurance pool.
“That helps offset all these costs, thereby reducing the cost to those people who lead good lives, they’re healthy, they’ve done the things to keep their bodies healthy. And right now, those are the people — who’ve done things the right way — that are seeing their costs skyrocketing.”
Yes, it’s those “bad” people with their strokes, heart defects, Parkinson Disease and brain tumors who are ruining it for the rest of us. Force them to pay more, the Alabama Republican says.
Trump has assured Americans that those with pre-existing conditions would not have to worry about having their coverage slashed or rendered unaffordable. But under the current House bill, states would be able to give providers license to effectively deny insurance to anyone with a pre-existing condition by assigning those individuals into high-risk pools. Those ending up in, say, a cancer pool, could see their premiums rise by tens of thousands of dollars a year, up to $142,000 a year.