Last month, a whole host of new health care protections for Americans kicked in as a result of the health care reform bill the President signed earlier this year. These protections included mandating that insurance companies end exclusions based on pre-existing conditions for children, ending unfair recissions, and allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ health care plans until age 26.
Most Republicans, while openly campaigning to repeal this health care law, have said that they support these portions of the law that have already been enacted and will include them in their “replace” health care proposals. For example, the GOP’s Pledge To America promises that the party will “ensure access for patients with pre-existing conditions.”
Yet during a debate with Rep. Jim Marshall (D-GA), GOP congressional candidate Austin Scott staked out a position far to the right of the Pledge To America. At one point, the moderator asked Scott if there were “any provisions of the health care bill passed that” he supports, and that he’d “like to keep.” Scott gave a short reply: “No, ma’am, there are not. There just aren’t“:
MODERATOR: Are they any provisions of the health care bill passed that you support, that you’d like to keep?
SCOTT: No, ma’am, there are not. There just aren’t.
In opposing provisions that would end the practice of denying insurance to those with pre-existing conditions, Scott is essentially denying hundreds of thousands of Americans the ability to get any sort of decent health care coverage. A congressional investigation recently found that “the nation’s four largest for-profit health insurers denied coverage to more than 651,000 people over a three-year period, citing pre-existing conditions.” That means one out of seven American who applied for insurance was denied.