@patriciaborns U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a breast cancer survivor, used her personal experience Thursday to fire back at Republicans for their attacks on the Obama administration’s health reform program.
Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat from Weston, said during a news conference at Borinquen Medical Centers in Miami that putting sick people in the situation of having to worry about whether they can afford healthcare instead of focusing on getting well is “unacceptable.” She called those who would deprive them of peace of mind “immoral.” Under the Affordable Care Act, pre-existing conditions cannot be used to increase premiums or deny coverage.
Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, also accused insurance companies of playing “a bit of three-handed monte” — a reference to a trick card game — for selling insurance plans they knew ahead of time would be cancelled with implementation of the ACA. Hundreds of thousands of Floridians recently received letters from their insurance companies saying they will need to enroll in new health plans that meet ACA requirements, despite President Obama’s promise that, “If you like your plan, you can keep it.”
“The Republicans are engaged in a civil war. They’re trying to take away the peace of mind that coverage is available,” Wasserman Schultz said.
To counter criticisms about the cost of the new health plans, which under the law must offer certain benefits and cover everyone, Wasserman Schultz cited the cases of three South Floridians who found better coverage options in the new insurance marketplace. Read more.