According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 52 million Americans have preexisting conditions “that 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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