May 2, 2017

GOP congressman thinks it's bad people who get sick

PoliticusUSA -Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) tried to justify allowing insurance companies to charge people with pre-existing conditions more by claiming that people with pre-existing conditions lead bad lives.

On CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, Rep. Brooks said, “My understand is that it will allow insurance companies to require people who have higher health care costs to contribute more to the insurance pool that helps offset all of these costs thereby reducing the costs to those people who lead good lives. They’re healthy. They’ve done the things to keep their bodies healthy, and right now, those are the people who have done things the right way, who are seeing their costs skyrocketing.”

Brooks realized that what he just said sounded really bad, so he tried to clear it up by saying, “Now, in fairness, a lot of those people with pre-existing conditions have those conditions through no fault of their own, and I think our society, under those circumstances, needs to help. The challenge though is that it’s a tough balancing act.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Not exactly about this topic, but...
Raising the retirement age is also only fair if you have a Desk Job, eat right, don't smoke or drink, and exercise regularly.
A tough laborer's job or nurse's aide job might wear a body out ahead of time though, even with a healthy lifestyle.
Must be nice to be a politician. Great Ins. Policy I'll bet, but maybe without those pesky details about pre-existing conditions and increasing costs as you get older.
How much do Congress people pay for their Health Ins and Retirement? And how much does it cost them after they leave (or retire) from office?