Rick Santorum: ‘Millions of Americans’ With Preexisting Conditions Are Stealing Health Care

Santorum by Gage SkidmoreAccording to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 52 million Americans have preexisting conditionsthat would likely leave them uninsurable if they applied for individual market coverage under pre-ACA underwriting practices.” That’s 27% of the adult population under 65 years old.

According to Rick Santorum, millions of those people are thieving scammers!

As part of a panel discussion about health care reform on today’s (2/26/17)  CNN’s “State of the Union” program, Santorum stated,

The reality is today that thousands, maybe approaching millions of Americans, are paying nine months for insurance. Why? Because you pay for your insurance for nine months, there’s a provision in Obamacare that says you can’t be thrown off your plan for three months. So, you stop paying in September until the end of the year. You have a right to guaranteed [coverage for] preexisting conditions. You can buy a new plan in January. So people are paying nine months for 12 months of care. And it’s happening more and more and more as people get the gig.

Of course, Santorum offered up absolutely no evidence to back up this preposterous claim!

He then went on to claim that because of all this scamming, it would be impossible to repeal and replace the ACA at the same time.

Obamacare is a failure! But you’re going to need 60 votes to change preexisting conditions and other things to make the system work. And that’s the problem of repeal and replacing is you can’t do it because it’s a broken system.

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Gohmert: No Town Hall Because Some Loony Lefty Might “2nd Amendment Solution” Him

Louie GohmertMy favo-right Texass Tea Potty filbert is back in the news. The one, the only, (thank goodness) “Screwy” Louie Gohmert! (I have a huge weakness for silly and in that category, “Screwy” Louie leads the league!)

As you may have noticed, this has NOT been a good week for Republican regressives, town hall wise. Those that have held them, faced angry crowds obsessed with the probable upcoming loss of their health insurance.

One explanation for this is that a lot of their constituents found out that the “Obamacare” that they hated was actually the “Affordable Care Act,” that they loved.

Another explanation, one much favored by these self-same regressive Republicans, is that it was all organized and paid for by elite lefties like George Soros and his ilk. (If so, why wasn’t I informed of this cushy gig?)

Other “representatives of the people” took the Yellow Road to Chickenville and refused to hold town halls or even meet with their constituents. Care to guess which group, Screwy Louie  joined?

Tuesday, (2/21/17) a group in Screwy’s district, called “Indivisible of Smith County” called for a town hall meeting. Sadly, their man(?) in congress declined. However, you do have to give him half a point for coming up with the sorriest excuse so far.

Unfortunately, at this time there are groups from the more violent strains of the leftist ideology, some even being paid, who are preying on public town halls to wreak havoc and threaten public safety. Threats are nothing new to me and I have gotten my share as a felony judge. However, the House Sergeant at Arms advised us after former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot at a public appearance, that civilian attendees at Congressional public events stand the most chance of being harmed or killed—just as happened there.

Point of clarification: Jared Lee Loughner, the Gabby Giffords shooter, was NOT an adherent of “leftist ideology!” He was a right-wing filbert with severe mental problems. (Btw, Screwy Louie just voted to give the mentally questionable greater access to firearms.)

As a back-up reason for avoiding the possible unpleasantry, he stated,

In the same amount of time it takes to have a town hall meeting, which usually has between 30 and 100 attendees in east Texas, I can communicate with thousands of my constituent bosses through a telephone town hall meeting.

The nice thing about telephone town halls is that they are easier to control and there’s none of those unpleasant “YouTube Moments.”

He finished his declaration of avoidance by saying,

Though I am saddened if you are upset with my positions, they do appear to reflect a majority of east Texans’ views.

Since he is desperately trying to avoid dialogue with his constituents, I’m not quite sure how he would know that.