Throughout her campaign for U.S. Senate in Nevada, GOP candidate and tea party favorite Sharron Angle has railed against government intervention in health care and has campaigned on the claim that coverage mandates only drive up health care costs. “Take off the mandates for coverage in the state of Nevada and all over the United States,” she said during a rally last year. “You know what I’m talking about. You’re paying for things that you don’t even need. They just passed the latest one, is everything that they want to throw at us now is covered under ‘autism’.”
“If you go to my website, you’ll see my record,” Angle said at a Republican primary debate. “I introduced three bills. One would have taken off all of the mandates on insurance. That’s one of the solutions. We have to have a senator who will go and introduce something like that that says we don’t have mandated coverages on insurance.”
But now, an exhaustive search of Angle’s record in the State legislator by the Las Vegas Sun has found that not only has Angle not introduced “legislation to repeal any of the 38 state mandates requiring insurers to cover” certain conditions, but she has actually co-sponsored bills expanding coverage mandates and increases access to insurance:
Yet during her time in the Legislature, Angle proposed no fewer than five laws that would have expanded state insurance mandates,….She co-sponsored a bill to require insurance companies to cover mammograms and another bill, which she later voted against, to cover osteoporosis treatment. She co-sponsored legislation that would have required an insurance company to continue covering the treatment of a patient if the company’s contract with the provider was canceled before the treatment was completed.
She was primary sponsor of legislation that would have required insurance companies to cover not only the adult children of policyholders, but their parents too if their incomes were below the federal poverty line. [...]
Yet Angle’s 2001 effort to provide health insurance to low-income people would have gone a step further than the Democrats’ new health care law by requiring the coverage of adult children up to age 30. That bill, which also would have allowed chambers of commerce to provide health insurance, never received a hearing.
In 2003, she co-sponsored a bill that would have prohibited insurance companies from refusing to pay for treatment they authorized, also a key part of the Democrats’ health care legislation.
Of course this isn’t the first time Angle’s rhetoric parted so drastically from her record. As Politico reported last month, Angle recently admitted that “both she and her husband benefit from government subsidized health care.” Angle’s husband’s insurance plan (the Federal Employee Health Program), which also covers Sharron, “is a continuation of what he was receiving while he worked for the federal government,” a campaign spokesperson admitted.
Angle’s record, however, also seems to suggest that despite her most recent public comments, she once believed the government should set basic standards for insurance coverage to ensure that individuals receive adequate coverage when they need it most.