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Rick Santorum Inadvertently Makes The Case For An Individual Mandate

By Igor Volsky on August 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm

"Rick Santorum Inadvertently Makes The Case For An Individual Mandate"

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In the video below, Rick Santorum says that he would allow insurers to deny coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions because the problem of people being turned away from coverage is “fairly limited.” This, despite the fact that an estimated 50 to 129 million Americans likely suffer from some kind of pre-existing ailment and run the risk of being denied coverage. In the course of his remarks to the Des Moines Register on Friday, Santorum also inadvertently explained why the individual mandate is so crucial to maintaining the pre-existing condition clause:

SANTORUM: The reason for the pre-existing condition clause is that you don’t want to create a situation where you don’t get insurance until they get sick or have an accident and the reason why Barack Obama did not, you’ll notice, enforce the pre-existing condition clause is until the mandate as put it. Why? Because if you enforce it before, what you do is you encourage everyone to drop their insurance. Because if you don’t have to have insurance until you’re sick, then of course why pay the premiums and particularly if you’re young and you’re single and you don’t have to worry about children and the complications of that. So what the pre-existing condition clause would do without an individual mandate is lead to much higher rates of uninsurance and much higher premiums for everyone who is insured.

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