The American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed a House vote on Thursday, paving the way for the Senate to finalize the complete overhaul of Obamacare.
The Republican-led bill aims to tackle how health care is structured in the United States, particularly by repealing the employer and individual mandates that forced companies and consumers into a market that was well-beyond the intended scope of Congress’ power.
The House bill doesn’t fully repeal Obamacare, but it does remove many things Democrats considered to be the cornerstone of the legislation.
Naturally, this has sent Democrats into a state of paranoia. Many are pushing the same talking points that argue this bill will hurt the poor and benefit the rich by denying millions access to health care.
Leading the charge: Democratic Rep. Kamala Harris.
Once again, 129M people with pre-existing conditions could be denied coverage and insurers could charge sick people more money.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 4, 2017
Harris not only suggested the GOP healthcare plan “destroys lives,” she falsely claimed that “129 million people with pre-existing conditions conditions could be denied coverage and insurers could charge sick people more money.”
By definition, pre-existing conditions mean that a person has a medical condition that began prior to their health insurance going into effect.
Elliot Hamilton of the Daily Wire exposed Harris’ false claims:
However, in 2010, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce calculated that approximately 250,000 people in the United States were turned down for health insurance by major health insurers likely due to their pre-existing conditions. After Obamacare was passed, approximately 500,000 people were placed into programs that would otherwise be placed in a high-risk pool due to their pre-existing condition.
Another estimate from the Kaiser Family Foundation suggests that at worst, an estimated 27% of adults under the age of 65, which constitutes around 52.2 million people, would likely cause health insurers to drop them from plans due to pre-existing health conditions.
It cannot be determined whether Harris is deliberately pushing inaccurate numbers to make a point politically, but she is wrong — and this isn’t the first time she’s made outrageous claims.
Just a month ago, Harris stole the slogan “you don’t mess with Texas” and tried to apply it to her state of California.
“No, you don’t want to mess with California. Retweet if you agree,” she tweeted, linking to an interview of Gov. Jerry Brown with Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
No, you don’t want to mess with California. Retweet if you agree.https://t.co/EcWPJeNepd
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) March 28, 2017
Harris thought her “Don’t mess with California” would hold the same weight as the “Don’t mess with Texas” declaration, but no one finds Leftists in the Golden State intimidating.
When Harris is not inflating numbers to make a political point or stealing slogans, she is complaining that Justice Neil Gorsuch is too much of a stickler for the law.
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