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GOP Senator: Pre-Existing Conditions Like Crashing Car (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin compared people with pre-existing conditions to folks who crash their cars on June 25 (video below).

Appearing on NBC's "Meet The Press," Johnson said he knew why health insurance companies have chosen to increase the cost of coverage:

We know why those premiums doubled. We’ve done something with our health care system that you would never think about doing, for example, with auto insurance, where you would require auto insurance companies to sell a policy to somebody after they crash their car.

States that have enacted guaranteed issues, which is guarantee for pre-existing conditions, it crashes their markets. It causes the markets to collapse. It causes premiums to skyrocket.

As a matter of record, people who have car wrecks are required to have car insurance, which is sold to them at a higher price.

The Charlotte Observer noted in January that health care premiums had been increasing long before Obamacare:

By 2008, health care costs were skyrocketing and insurance plans seemed to cover less and less -- and that was if you were lucky enough to afford coverage. That’s why a vast majority of Americans -- including 82 percent in one 2008 poll -- wanted the health care system to be overhauled.

Premiums were going up rapidly: Between 2000 and 2010, average family premiums for employer coverage grew 8 percent per year -- a perpetual burden on Americans’ budgets. From 2010 to 2016, that same average has grown at a slower 5 percent a year.

When Obamacare was enacted, it required that everyone buy insurance so that healthy people would pay premiums to offset the costs of ill people, including those with pre-existing conditions, reported The Guardian in January.

Johnson went on to say that pre-existing conditions can be addressed with high risk pools.

Kaiser Health News reported in May that the Republican idea of high-risk pools was actually tried by 35 states and the federal government before Obamacare was passed.

According to Kaiser Health News, the federal government's high-risk pool ran out of money, and the state pools also had financial problems, which forced them to create waiting lists for health coverage.

Republican Rep. Francis Rooney of Florida told MSNBC host Chris Jansing on June 26 that the GOP plan to impose deep cuts on Medicaid would result in "favorable outcomes" for poor people who are kicked off Medicaid, notes RawStory.com.

Rooney insisted that wealthy people would spend their tax cuts to create jobs and risk their tax cut money on investments:

I happen to think that tax cuts stimulate investments, which is what this tax cut is. Obama put in a tax on investments, cutting those taxes are very important to stimulate investments and job creation.

Sometimes these people don’t understand how capitalism works. You incentivize investment, people deploy capital, create jobs, build companies and put more people to work so they can afford all these things and not have to be on Medicaid.

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