The big lie Republicans are telling this election


In Republican ads for the House and Senate,
there’s been a common theme: “I support forcing insurance companies to
protect pre-existing conditions” “Kevin Cramer voted for guaranteed coverage
for pre-existing coverage” “Force insurance companies to cover preexisting
conditions” “I’m fighting to protect pre-existing
conditions” The problem is, that’s not true. Most Americans are covered by private health
insurance. And historically, Republicans have wanted
to reduce government regulation, which means allowing insurance companies to choose who
they protect, what to charge them and what services to cover. For most of their history, American insurance
companies could refuse to cover people with preexisting conditions like asthma, depression,
and even pregnancy. So those people had to pay for their care
out of pocket, or just go without. But then Congress passed the Affordable Care
Act “The bill is passed”
Or “Obamacare” in 2010. President Obama signed it, And now, insurance companies have to cover
people with preexisting conditions without charging them more than healthy people. Republicans have been trying to get rid of
the Affordable Care Act ever since. “I rise today to support the repeal of the
President’s take over of health care” “There’s only one way to truly fix Obamacare. Only one way, and that’s a full repeal.” “Every republican up to this point has voted
to repeal Obamacare!” “And repeal every last bit of it!” “Once and for all repeal Obamacare entirely.” “We will repeal every word of Obamacare!” They came close in 2017 and were within one
vote before they got the thumbs down, literally, from John McCain. But between 2010 and now, something changed. Starting in 2017, more Americans supported
the health care law than opposed it and that’s put Republican candidates in an awkward position. This Midterms, the top issue for voters is
health care and, in particular, preexisting conditions. 72% of Americans say it’s very important
to prohibit companies from charging sick people more for health insurance. That’s causing Republicans like senator
Ted Cruz to adjust their message. “We can protect preexisting conditions and
you need to understand, everyone agrees we are going to protect pre-existing conditions!” But unlike Republicans, who are most concerned
with immigration, independents care most about health care. So in order to win their votes, Republicans
are misleading them. Take New Jersey’s third district. Incumbent Tom MacArthur is in a tight race
against Andy Kim, a first time candidate trying to win a seat that’s been Republican since
2011. Tom MacArthur has a problem. In 2017, he wrote the “MacArthur amendment”:
a proposal that would have let insurers charge sick people more, cover less. That move didn’t make his constituents happy. “Speaking of which, my children both have
pre-existing conditions from birth: one cardiac, one thyroid. You have been the single greatest threat to
my family in the entire world! You are the reason I stay up at night!” Now those voters are going to the polls and
MacArthur is having to defend himself. “So my commitment has always been: protect
people with pre-existing conditions, maybe do it differently than the Affordable Care
Act, which has driven costs up.” For MacArthur, “doing it differently”
means requiring insurance companies to offer coverage for sick people but letting them
charge more for it. Elsewhere, other Republican candidates are
being even more bold. In Missouri, Democrat Claire McCaskill is
running for Senate in a tight race against Josh Hawley, the State Attorney General. Here’s a most recent ad:
I’m Josh Hawley. I support forcing insurance companies to cover
all pre-existing conditions. That’s not true. On behalf of Missouri, Josh Hawley has joined
other conservative attorneys general in a lawsuit arguing that the Affordable Care Act
is unconstitutional. If they win, insurance companies will be allowed
to deny sick people coverage and charge them more. In 2014, turnout for the Midterm elections
was the lowest it has been since 1942. But this year, things look very different. For Republicans, that’s a threat. Health care is a top issue this year and a
majority of voters disagree with their policies on it. “Justice is health care”
But instead of trying to defend their actions they’re doing something easier: just saying
what people want to hear.




Comments
  1. How does a Band-Aid end up costing $629? Veteran Vox healthcare reporter Sarah Kliff is back for a second season with The Impact, our policy podcast on how healthcare affects everyday people: http://bit.ly/2Pah5JY

  2. How can so many Americans be so damn stupid? Republicans do not care about you and will lie and cheat to stay in power! Wake the hell up America!

  3. It doesn't matter if your uniform is blue or red but I'm looking at all those guys in the red uniform from past clips of their speeches talking about they're going to replace Health care. But like the old saying a zebra don't change their stripes

  4. Can't wait for Vox's next video, "The big lie Democrats are telling this election"

    Oh.. we won't get that? I mean surely there's lies on both parties… oh, no? Just on the Republican side? Ok.

  5. Big problem we have is know one calls them out on their lies & deception. I couldn't be a reporter I'll be in trouble because i'll continue to push. We are going downhill in americ…………………

  6. Waiting for the triggered snowflake republicans to storm the comment section

    Saying "fake news" or "biased news" or "that not true that's not true"

    Facts are facts dude just cos you don't like those facts doesn't mean you shouldn't believe them

  7. Good job Republican voters! Your ignorance about the corrupt Republicans has allowed them to flood DC with total criminals.

  8. Stupid Republicans. At least I don't live in that country. I live in a country with free health care paid by taxes. Hacking the system

  9. The republican party just wants money and power, nothing else. They don't care about global warming, health of their people, or wellbeing. They just want money and power.

  10. Insurance companies ought to be charging more for people with pre-existing conditions. Why? Because they are going to need the required care for that condition sooner. Why is that hard to figure out?

  11. why would anyone buy insurance if you can just wait to get sick then buy insurance from someone who cant discriminate against you for a prior condition?

  12. Forgive my ignorance. why does it matter to the republicans whether insurance companies cover pre-existing conditions or not?
    What do they have to gain from fighting the right to health care?

    Note: I am not from the US. Where I am from, we have zero national health care and without health insurance, you'd better be rich.

  13. You mean the republican strategy is to implement an insurance plan that will make people pay their fair share ultimately driving costs down so everyone’s fair share isn’t a burden? Those monsters! Seriously though, this is just like the case with net neutrality, why should people have to subsidize another person's cost?

  14. Economics says that protecting pre existing conditions will either a) cause a market failure or b) Destroy the market. Checkmate … everyone, because one side is lying and the other is chasing things that can't be obtained.

  15. The problem witb this is that health insurance was created as a scam to protect wealthy healthcare agencies and to increase healthcare billing. That's just a fact. The healthcare industry has exploded, and so has the percentage of people claiming to receive poor care, especially those covered by public (tax based/subsidised) care. The most fake humanitarian doctors push for more access to taxes the worse healthcare gets. Examples of this are the complaints levied against Dr Evan Lyon and Dr Kohar Jones, both whom professed to be Humanitarians fighting for Human Rights. In reality they have covered over up Human Rights abuses by labeling victims as mentally ill, cancel appointments, engage in upcoding and false billing, threaten clients, etc. The OCR refused to investigate them, as do all Government agencies. The current public options are pocketing tax money, abusing clients and framing themselves heroes of the people. Left Wing ideologues protect these types of people because they publicly promote the fantasy voters want to see. In reality however, they are exploitationists projected by a clueless and often brutal public. The system is corrupt and funding it only rewards that.

  16. It couldn’t be considered insurance if we covered pre existing conditions. Car insurance isn’t available for people who already crashed their car, Democrats really don’t think.

  17. lies!full of lies!lies from republicans!lies to the citizens!this is a state of double payback.liberals bring in the immigrants,so that they could support them,while conservatives lie to hold on to the election.

  18. Vox tries to report news😂😂this is what the media is today ooomg. They don’t even report they just bash republicans😂😂.

  19. The'res something very haunting and primal about the angry man with the sick kids.
    You can tell he has to restrain himself from strangling the politician guy right then and there.
    I mean, imagine there's a way to save your beloved family, and some privileged moneysack decides you can't have it.

  20. If an insurance can't charge more for pre-existing conditions, it is not an insurance company anymore, then it is just a piggy bank.

  21. unbelievable! they wanted to get rid of the ACA and had NO plan to replace it. They had 8 yrs to come up with a plan. Their version of compassion was to get their money back for their wealthy donors, instead of worring about 18 million people who needed an alternative for health care . WTF!

  22. But it makes sense to include people with pre existing conditions on government healthcare insurance on a premium, provided their eventual costs of a standalone private insurance is significantly less.
    Fundamentally too, this is the drawback to neo-socialist policies. Common people pay towards the Obamacare plans out of their pockets, they aren't gifted out. So, it's important to keep PEC out of the normal pool without it being excluded completely. Yes healthcare for all is important, but it's a double edge sword. Keep all the PEC norms and quality of medical service uniform you end up with a really expensive plan. One which beats the basic objective of Affordable Care Act

  23. Yeah republicans are soooo evil it is not like democrats started to pretend to care about black people during the 60’s to gain their votes just look at what Lyndon B Johnson had to say

    These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.

    I’ll have those n****rs voting Democratic for the next 200 years
    -LBG
    Clearly republicans are evil

  24. Yes, republicans don't like healthcare, but Democrats don't like keeping a healthy economy (with the exception of Obama, he was cool)

  25. America is not so much a country as a country club: it’s very much a members-only affair, while everyone else, be they native-born or guests, is welcome to serve the oligarchy for as long as they remain useful. After that they are free to die on the streets as bums.

  26. Why would people who aren’t sick pay the same as people who are sick. It’s basically communism forcing people to help pay for things that benefit another person.

  27. Good video. I think the replace part of repeal and replace needs to be emphasized, and how that’s going to be done. People are clearly unhappy with Obamacare, and fixing, rather than getting rid of it should be the priority, in my opinion.

  28. And liberals want to ban the one thing keeping americas economy stable, liberals want to ban opinions and liberals want women only jobs instead of the "gender equality" they are promising

  29. It's just so funny how Republican candidates paint this picture of them going to battle for the people and "fighting the good fight for pre-existing conditions"….when they're literally fighting a mirror.

  30. dems are the party of slavery, jim crow and kkk. i will never ever support them. repubs are weirdly overly religious.

  31. Funny how vox acts like it’s here to give us the truth yet they only talk about how republicans do anything bad. I would love to be dumb enough to actually listen to anything these people say

  32. Why is it astonishing that someone thats going to use this care, with said preexisting condition has to pay more? Insurance is a lottery game, they bet on you. It makes sense that if youre healthy, that your insurance isnt going to cost as much as someone thats more likely to die or be ill. And this is coming from a Canadian, I speak from experience. Canada's free healthcare hasnt been as effective as it could be at all. The wait times are ridiculous and with the mass migration to canada, I have to wait hours in line behind a family of foreigners , and their cousins, their cousins cousins cuz they wanna tag along. And wait while these people that dont speak my language or participate in my culture, not pay tax, invade my country, and plunder my counties resouces/services. Paid for healthcare is the future. This globalism will lead us to the USSR

  33. Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  34. I see the liberal community here and know that we are one step closer towards righteousness, towards opportunity, towards liberation! Come on here and see the major injustices present in society. Who’s with me?

  35. Is it good when the government controls healthcare. There are so many cases if children dying cause the government takes the kid if life support dispite the kid could still live 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
    In the free market people have to compete for that best healthcare, when someone is forced into one option given by the government expect more stories like the ones I mentioned to keep circulating.

  36. Given your track record of lie first, ask question never – I'm going to take a wild stab in the dark and assume that its not pre-existing conditions that republicans are opposing in ACA. If that's true- mystery solved.

  37. Unfortunately, I feel like there is no point in even sharing this video, because google & facebook search analytics are just going to filter it out from the people who actually need to see this.

  38. Im Neither republican or a democrat, at the end of the day it should come down to one thing, should a law be passed saying companies cannot deny providing insurance to anyone. if this law is passed then companies can charge what they want, it is after all THEIR COMPANY, if they charge too high nobody will buy it and go with a competitor but if its too low they wont make a profit and may as well not be in business. Insurance has always worked one particular way the individual is assessed based on risk if they are deemed of high risk then they need to pay a bigger premium if deemed as a low risk they pay less, this works with your insurance for your home, car, Travel and mobile insurance and any other you can think of. why should companies be told they need to out price themselves because they dont want to take a risk. Why should some who is healthy, never been in hospital in their life and never needed any major or costly health services be charged more than the person who might be in hospital every months. We get it everyone wants a hand out and every one wants something for nothing but you should all try to stop trying to get the government to do your begging for you.

  39. Obomber care is unconstitutional forced insurance = tyranny! IT NEVER SHOULD HAVE PASSED TO BEGIN WITH…. it doesn't matter how expensive health care has become, that's a different problem.

  40. BECAUSE THE PEOPLE SAY SO,
    INSURANCE COMPANIES GOTTA GO!!!
    as all the commercials say take out the middle man and reduce costs.
    Medicare = Medicaid IMPROVED and EXPANDED for all.

  41. Republicans need to decide on which side they need to be on, as the lowering of government intervention started in the late 1920s for the Republicans. This has been their theme until now, the problem is that in those times there were many big and small businesses. Small businesses are in decline and more people have started working, but you might think wouldn't this be cause many to switch sides to dems as they support more unions. You also have to understand one extremely underlooked fact, Conservative communities will choose the party not the candidate( choosing candidates is new). An example of this is from India as I've seen majority of people born in the 1960s and older seem to vote for the party no matter or not if the person is corrupt or whatever. India is quite a conservative country, the southern states of America are also conservative. Dems cannot understand why Trump won it's because he won on both sides he appealed to both young and old generation way of thinking. Also you'd be surprised how many minorities support him, my relatives are Indian and republican.

  42. I find it hilarious when people say that the only reason why Republicans opposed Obama Care is that that they didn't like Obama because he was black. Let's forget the fact that Insurance, in general, is risk management for which has certain exclusions(like having pre-existing conditions) to mitigate certain risks of needing to use the policies on a regular basis. Because the insurance companies can't handle the number of claims and will go under. Hence, is why you can't keep the same doctor that you had, why insurance premiums have skyrocketed in previous years and you don't have much of a choice in a monopolistic network of health insurance carriers. Oh by the way just because you have a pre-existing condition under the affordable care act doesn't mean its free. Try telling someone who has a terminal illness or who can't afford an ACA Plan that it is affordable. The real question we should be asking is why does it cost almost $300 to $600 for a doctors visit?

  43. If I’m getting fined to pay for your healthcare that I don’t want, then you should be fined to help build the wall on our southern border that you don’t want.

  44. Republicans are probably the most evil selfish people to exist today, they'll do anything for a quick buck

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