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"If individuals are allowed to access health care services only when they are sick or injured, there is no reason for anyone to have insurance," Flake wrote in response to an online question. "If insurance companies are required to accept all pre-existing conditions, insurance is no longer insurance."
Insurance isn't Insurance if the Insurance company actually has to provide the coverage that people have already - and are willing to - Pay For.

When Republicans say things like this they continue to show that they people who run businesses are KINGS who get to live by their own rules, and everyone else are serfs who have to scrabble for scraps at their feet.

How Dare a neutral third party - balance the economic playing field by making that business provide what they said they would provide!

Why the Nerve.

It's not like Flake is the only GOPer to say this.  Here's Sen. Ron Johnson's discussing this very subject.

KEYES: I know Richard Murdock had said even though businesses should give people, for instance, with cancer, health coverage, they shouldn’t be legally required by the federal government.

JOHNSON: They shouldn’t. Listen, our rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And when we start expanding beyond that realm, when you create a right for somebody, you create an obligation for somebody else, and then you’re taking away that person’s right. And that maybe doesn’t seem all that great, but it’s just true. Our nation was based on the foundation of freedom and limited government.

Yeah, we have right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness by making sure someone else won't be able to Live Anymore by taking away their Health Care in order to line our own pockets with fresh cash.

Who cares about a minor pesky problem like Cancer really?

I mean it's not like there are a lot of people this might have an impact on... pfft.

According to a new analysis by the Department of Health and Human Services, 50 to 129 million(19 to 50 percent of) non-elderly Americans have some type of pre-existing health condition.  Up to one in five non-elderly Americans with a pre-existing condition – 25 million individuals – is uninsured.  Under the Affordable Care Act, starting in 2014, these Americans cannot be denied coverage, be charged significantly higher premiums, be subjected to an extended waiting period, or have their benefits curtailed by insurance companies.

As many as 82 million Americans with employer-based coverage have a pre-existing condition, ranging from life-threatening illnesses like cancer to chronic conditions like diabetes, asthma, or heart disease.  Without the Affordable Care Act, such conditions limit the ability to obtain affordable health insurance if they become self-employed, take a job with a company that does not offer coverage, or experience a change in life circumstance, such as divorce, retirement, or moving to a different state.  

Yeah, who cares about those 129 Million Americans who have to stay in a job they can't stand, or with a spouse that is abusive simply because they can't risk going without Health Care.  It's not like about 45,000 of them Would Die Every year or something.

Just don't get sick and this won't be a problem for you.

And if you do get sick, try not to linger - it's bad form.


Originally posted to Vyan on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 06:50 PM PDT.

Also republished by Baja Arizona Kossacks.

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