"Fox and Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade declared on May 4 that health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions was a "luxury" (video below).
The GOP-controlled House was scheduled to vote later that day on the American Health Care Act, which would allow states to obtain waivers to allow health insurance companies to charge people with pre-existing conditions higher rates, notes CNN.
House Republicans are not waiting for the Congressional Budget Office to release a report on the impact of the proposed change.
The Republicans added an amendment to the AHCA that would provide $8 billion for five years to support high-risk pools in states that get the waivers, reports CNN, but Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, tweeted: "$8 billion could provide coverage to a few hundred thousand high-risk enrollees, out of millions who might need it."
Back on Fox News, Kilmeade insisted that Americans had gotten used to the "luxury" of having health coverage for pre-existing conditions, notes Media Matters:
And, by the way, if it goes this well -- and, who knows, we are not taking anything for granted with this Republican caucus -- but If Kevin McCarthy is right, and it's going to pass, it's a formality at one o'clock without any Democratic support.
Then it's going to get to the Senate. it's going to look dramatically different. Then it's going to get to phase two, with the Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price. He is a doctor. He is going to take a look at it, and that's where -- President Trump said over the weekend -- that's where he is going to get the ability to buy insurance across state lines which he ran on.
So, we've have given you details of so many different plans. We are are going to stay away from the details right now. Just know this: $8 billion for pre-existing conditions. A lot of people focused on that. We can understand that America is getting used to having that luxury.
Levitt also tweeted a statistic that predicted the AHCA would come up quite short, reports CNN: "Even under pretty conservative estimates, a minimally adequate high-risk pool could cost $25 billion per year nationwide."
Levitt added in another tweet that the current health care structure of the Affordable Care Act (or "Obamacare") is not perfect but has at least one major benefit: "The ACA absolutely has problems. But one thing it's done well is provide coverage to people with pre-existing conditions."