Sean Hannity claims the online enrollment glitches Americans are encountering when they attempt to sign up for Obamacare could mean ambulances will be delayed.
Hannity said on his Tuesday radio show that Obamacare is like the Ford Edsel – a car manufactured by Ford from 1958 to 1960.
“It was a lemon,” Hannity said. “It was such a defective product.”
But Hannity was truly comparing the car to the federal website healthcare.gov.
“We have reports now from at least nearly 40 states,” he said, “of these enrollment glitches. Literally from coast to coast.”
The Edsel never gained popularity and sales were poor. Obamacare, on the other hand, had 2.8 million visitor on its federal website Tuesday.
President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the demand “exceeds anything that we had expected,” traffic being the likely explanation for the glitches.
“Think of how you’d feel today if you actually had a medical emergency — had to go through this mess before they send an ambulance. At least the Ford Edsel wasn’t a matter of life and death,” Hannity said.
Media Matters points out that a 1986 law requires all emergency departments to render emergency medical assistance, regardless of insurance status. That rule applies to most ambulances, according to the National Institute of Health.
Also under Obamacare, patients cannot be turned down for a policy over a pre-existing condition. Because of this, Media Matters says, far fewer people will wait to see a doctor until their condition reaches an emergency level.