Moments after President Obama announced that 7.1 million Americans have signed up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s health care exchanges and criticized Republicans for seeking to repeal the law, Fox News host Neil Cavuto jumped in to defend the party — and the most popular parts of Obamacare.
“It’s easy to vilify each side here,” Cavuto said shortly after Obama concluded his remarks. “The fact of the matter is, no one is against trying to cover people with preexisting conditions, no one is against removing lifetime caps on medical coverage. The dirty detail is having to pay for that, and that is what still embroils and ensnares the law in controversy.” Watch it:
In fact, multiple Republicans have come out against prohibiting insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions — and most GOP health care replacements would allow insurers to cherry pick the healthiest enrollees and shift sicker people into state-based high risk insurance pools.
During his 2012 presidential run, Rick Santorum was perhaps the most direct about the GOP’s support for permitting insurers to discriminate against Americans. The former Pennsylvania senator not only defended insurers for denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, he also argued that individuals who are sick should pay higher premiums because they cost more money to insure.
In July of 2012, now-retired Rep. David Dreier (R-CA) said that insurance companies should be allowed to discriminate against people with brain tumors. “I don’t that think someone who is diagnosed with a massive tumor should the next day be able to have millions and millions and millions of dollars in health care provided,” he said.