A co-host of the Fox & Friends morning talk show just quipped that health coverage for people living with pre-existing conditions like cancer and diabetes is a “luxury” America is getting used to afford.
A ‘Luxury’ We Are Getting Used to
Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade made the remark during a heated discussion about the passage of the GOPs health care bill through the House Thursday. He noted that this particular group of patients would cost the U.S. government $8 billion over the next five years.
A lot of people focused on that. We can understand that America is getting used to having that luxury,”
The money he mentioned represents the funding that Obamacare provides to states to offset the risks of “high-risk pools” in locations that provide health insurance to patients with pre-existing conditions.
The funding was not removed from the American Health Care Act (AHCA) aka Trumpcare. It was a last-minute compromise to Democrats, as the House GOP was concerned the new law would strip protections from sick patients which had been discriminated against by insurance companies before Obamacare.
Sick Patients Still at Risk
Nevertheless, $8 billion is not enough to offset the risks, experts say, because it can only provide funding to people already insured under Obamacare. The new bill that Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan are desperately seeking to ram through Congress will force millions of people out of their health insurance as early as next year.
Another co-host of Fox & Friends, Steve Doocy, also ignored the fate of people who will be overcharged because they have pre-existing health issues. On Thursday, Doocy advocated for deregulation as many small businesses were reportedly pushed out of the market because of the restrictions, completely ignoring the pre-existing conditions issue.
It is worth noting that both Fox News hosts have salaries that exceed $200,000 per year, and Trumpcare’s tax cuts directly benefit this category of taxpayers.
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