‘Fox & Friends’ hosts aired a segment on Tuesday morning mocking Democratic lawmakers who warned that the GOP healthcare bill would lead to the deaths of countless of Americans if it were to become law.
Under the GOP’s health-care bill, twenty-two million fewer people would have health coverage over the next 10 years. Insurers would be allowed to charge older adults up to five times more than younger people. Under Obamacare, rates were capped at three times more.
That would make it unaffordable, said David Certner, legislative counsel and legislative policy director for government affairs at AARP.
Older Americans are being unfairly targeted in the Republicans’ health-care bill Certner told CNBC on Monday.
“Right now, health care is barely affordable for those people who are over age 50. Raising it any more is just what we call an ‘age tax’ and would just make it unaffordable for them,” Certner added.
Watch the segment below:
Transcript via Media Matters:
SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT): I know this is a sensitive issue. I’m going to raise it. And that is that the horrible and unspeakable truth is that if this legislation were to pass, thousands of our fellow Americans every single year will die.
REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA): We do know that the — many more people, millions, hundreds of thousands of people will die if this bill passes.
SEN. AL FRANKEN (D-MN): One to 2,000 people will die if you cut 750,000 people from Medicaid. So that means you’re killing one to 2,000 — killing them.[END VIDEO]
BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): Yeah, and I have here that everyone will die. Did you have that in number two?
DOOCY: Eventually, yes.
AINSLEY EARHARDT: Who told you that?
KILMEADE: I will add this. We asked that to Speaker [Paul] Ryan, directly, and Speaker Ryan does handle — will tackle that 22 million directly. One thing also came across. Among the people — the AMA [American Medical Association] not happy with it. The AARP is not happy with it, but Anthem came out and endorsed the — Anthem health care, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, came out and endorsed the GOP plan right after the CBO [Congressional Budget Office] [report] came out.
AINSELY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): That’s huge. That’s a huge insurance company. That’s big.
DOOCY: It is, absolutely, but then the AMA came out and they said, “We don’t like it.”