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Republican San Diego Congressmen Address Health Care

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Aired 8/13/09

The health care debate has moved out of Washington as members of Congress have gone on recess. Two of San Diego's Republican congressmen say what they want from health care reform.

— The health care debate has moved out of Washington as members of Congress have gone on recess. Two of San Diego's Republican congressmen say what they want from health care reform.

Congressman Duncan Hunter says he favors health care reform. He wants health care benefits to be portable and he says insurance companies should not refuse coverage due to pre-existing conditions. Yet he voted against health care reform legislation when it went before the House Education and Labor committee.

"This bill does not do what it set out to do," says Hunter. "One, reduce costs and two, provide better health coverage and health insurance to the American people."

Fellow republican Brian Bilbray says he also believes people with pre-existing conditions shouldn't be denied insurance. But he fears a government insurance option would give employers a reason to drop their coverage. House legislation, favored by Democrats, would require businesses to pay a tax if they do not provide health care benefits to their employees.

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scottgreene | August 13, 2009 at 4:32 p.m. ― 5 years, 2 months ago

The main thing to keep in mind is that health insurance is supposed to provide medical coverage when needed. .
But unlike businesses that provide a product to make money, health insurance companies make money when they restrict and do not pay claims.

Read a health insurance contract.
Pay attention to limitations and exclusions.
People’s health is not a product that needs to be left to money motivated CEO’s.
If that is your thinking, you might as well have your police and fire dept protection based on insurance premiums you pay.
Then you can go to the police and fire protection insurance page for ‘limitations and exclusions’ on whether or not the police or fire dept would come out to your house in the event of an emergency.

The point is, you would never think of discriminating against another citizen if he was the victim of a fire or crime.
So why would you be ok with health insurance companies discriminating against fellow citizens who have pre-existing medical conditions?

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