A House Republican sparked outrage on Monday, commenting that healthy people who live good lives shouldnt be expected to pay more because they are in the same insurance pool as sick people who have higher health care costs.
In an interview with CNNs Jake Tapper, discussing the Trump administrations revised healthcare plan, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) went even further to imply that sick people were to blame for their illness in contrast to others who’ve done things the right way.
Brooks is a member of the fringe conservative House Freedom Caucus, a group of congressmen who were instrumental in thwarting the passage of President Donald Trumps healthcare reform bill because, they claimed, it didnt go far enough in repealing Obamacare. Now, however, Brooks says that he will join wider House Freedom Caucus in backing Trumps American Healthcare Act after concessions and amendments were made in the voting bloc’s favor. One of these changes was cited by Brooks in Monday’s interview.
My understanding is that will allow insurance companies to require people who have higher health care costs to contribute more to the insurance pool helps offset all these costs, thereby reducing the cost to those people who lead good lives, they’re healthy, they’ve done the things to keep their bodies healthy, Brooks said, a view popular among right-wing libertarians.
Right now, those are the peoplewho’ve done things the right waythat are seeing their costs skyrocketing, he continued.
Apparently realizing the cold generality of his hard-line view that all sick Americans were some sort of undeserved financial burden to the healthy who live “good lives,” Brooks reasoned that, in fairness, a lot of these people with pre-existing conditions, they have those conditions through no fault of their own.
On Twitter, though, Americans were already reacting angrily to the thrust of Brooks uncompassionate pitch for Trumpcare.
My husband had prostate cancer, but led a "clean life". Should he die for it?
— BlondeResisterATX (@cateady53) May 2, 2017
Apparently @RepMoBrooks believes my son, who has been disabled since he moved from 1 cell to 2, deserves expensive healthcare.
— David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) May 1, 2017
— Jeff Wilson (@jwilson_detroit) May 2, 2017
I've lived my entire life with asthma. I guess my question to Republicans like @RepMoBrooks would be, what did I do to deserve that?
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) May 2, 2017
With the Caucus’ full and official backing, Republican leaders are apparently confident that the bill will now successfully pass the House of Representatives with White House officials suggested that vote could take place sometime this week. However, passage is not assured, with moderate Republicans beginning to defect over hard-right provisions they fear their constituents will oppose.