Rep. Goodlatte Blatantly Lies, Says GOP Plan Outlaws Denying Coverage To Those With Pre-Existing Conditions

November 07, 2009 9:29 am ET

While speaking on the floor of the House on November 6, 2009, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) falsely claimed the Republican plan "makes it illegal for an insurance company to deny coverage to someone with prior coverage on the basis of a preexisting condition." In reality, the GOP alternative plan does no such thing.

Rep. Goodlatte Lies About The GOP Health Care Plan

Rep. Goodlatte:

The Republican alternative makes it illegal for an insurance company to deny coverage to someone with prior coverage on the basis of a preexisting condition. [Goodlatte Floor Statement, 11/6/09]

The Truth: The GOP Allows Insurance Companies To Deny Coverage To People With Pre-Existing Conditions

PolitiFact: "The GOP Plan Does Not Prohibit Health Insurance Companies From Denying Coverage To People With Pre-Existing Conditions." Analyzing claims by Rep. Wasserman Schultz, PolitiFact wrote, "Wasserman Schultz was correct when she said the GOP plan does not prohibit health insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. We found nothing in the 219-page Republican plan that would do that. Insurance companies have argued that they can only absorb the cost of taking people with pre-existing conditions if they could offset that expense by expanding their customer base through mandates that everyone buy insurance. And the Republican plan doesn't do that." [PolitiFact, 11/5/09]

GOP Bill Allows Insurance Companies To Deny Americans Coverage For Pre-Existing Conditions.  In his write up of the Republican bill's CBO score, Jonathan Cohn wrote, "under the Republican bills, the CBO notes, there will be enormous variation in rates between the sick and the healthy. Remember, unlike the Democrats, the Republicans--in their determination to avoid passing new regulations--wouldn't prohibit charging people more because they have pre-existing conditions or would otherwise represent greater-than-average health risks." [The New Republic, 11/5/09]

GOP Bill Increases Premiums For Sick Americans.  Jonathan Cohn of The New Republic wrote, "yes, the Republican health care bill will lower premiums overall. But many people in poor health will see their premiums go up. And many people will get lower premiums only because they're getting inferior coverage. Meanwhile, more than 50 million people will have no insurance whatsoever." [The New Republic, 11/5/09]

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