Health Secretary Price’s Solution to Healthcare: “Dust Off How They Did Business Before Obamacare”

DHHS Secretary Thomas Price

Sometimes suggestions to problems are fairly simple. Other times when it’s something important, like involving millions of Americans, a simple go back to the way it was isn’t the right solution. Apparently, Tom Price thinks it was though.

All They Have To Do Is Business Before Obamacare

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price made the headlines after making an atrocious comment on ABC’s “This Week”. America’s Health Insurance Plans and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association of America wrote a letter to Mitch McConnell saying the new healthcare bill is “simply unworkable in any form” and says it will cause “widespread terminations of coverage” to those with serious medical problems. Price was asked to respond to the letter on the show. His response was completely infuriating:

“It’s really perplexing, especially from the insurance companies, because all they have to do is dust off how they did business before Obamacare. A single risk pool, which is what they’re objecting to, is exactly the kind of process that was ― that has been utilized for decades to care for individuals,”

Price referred to an amendment proposed by Senator Ted Cruz that would allow insurers to resume sales of their policies that leave out key benefits like prescriptions drugs and mental health treatment. Both groups who wrote the letter said the new bill would allow insurance companies to discriminate certain customers based on medical conditions and cause insurance premiums to skyrocket for those with pre-existing conditions.

What Was Insurance Like Before Obamacare?

We have a whole new generation entering into paying for health insurance that doesn’t remember what healthcare was like before Obamacare. The health-care system before the ACA was riddled with egregious insurance company abuses and 79 million Americans lacked health insurance or were underinsured. That is more than 1 in 4 Americans. Most that lacked adequate coverage before the ACA were the poor.

Price also said that the current Trumpcare plan is “not the entire plan.” If that’s not terrifying then we don’t know what is.

Source: Huffington Post