Santorum Makes Baseless, Disgusting Claim Slandering ‘Millions with Pre-Existing Conditions’ (Video)

On Sunday, former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told CNN’s Jake Tapper that millions of people with pre-existing conditions are abusing the Affordable Care Act.



“Pre-existing conditions, though it’s very popular, what the reality is today that thousands, maybe approaching millions of Americans, are paying nine months for insurance,” Santorum said. “Why? Because you pay for your insurance for nine months, there’s a provision in Obamacare that says you can’t be thrown off your plan for three months.”

His argument is basically that the stipulation that prevents health insurance companies from being able to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions is a problem because there are supposedly “millions” exploiting the system.

Did he provide any evidence or cite a source to back up his claim? No, of course not. Fortunately for him, now that we’re living in the world of Donald Trump where blatant lies are called “alternative facts” and legitimate, factual information is deemed “FAKE NEWS,” apparently Republicans don’t need to provide evidence for anything they say.

This is what Republicans do. They fear-monger by over-exaggerating claims of fraud that are usually either almost non-existent or represent a very small minority of cases (they do this with other issues like voting and SNAP benefits), then vilify innocent people (usually the poor, sick, and elderly) by perpetuating the idea that “lazy moochers” are the reason why everyone else is paying more.

Are there some individuals out there abusing the Affordable Care Act? Of course there are. Nothing is ever totally impervious to fraudulent behavior. But unethically cherry picking cases of fraud, or even flat-out making up claims like Santorum just did without providing a shred of evidence, doesn’t mean that something’s not a benefit to society.

No matter how close to flawless anyone tries to make anything, whether it’s a health care program or even computer software, there are always going to be those who find ways to abuse it. It’s just pathetic that there are people out there like Santorum who seem so eager to rip health care away from people that they’ll vilify millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions just to push their anti-Obamacare propaganda.

Considering as much of a “disaster” as Republicans still continue to claim the law is, and Donald Trump recently (and inaccurately) claiming not many people benefit from the law, then why wasn’t it repealed weeks ago? Republicans have the power they need to do what most of them promised to do on “Day 1 — repeal and replace Obamacare,” yet they haven’t done it. In fact, not only is the law still intact, it’s obvious that in all these years they accused President Obama and Democrats of standing in the way of passing a better health care law, they’ve never actually had one — and clearly don’t know what to do.



But you don’t have to take my word for it, former Speaker of the House John Boehner basically admitted Republicans are completely full if it when it comes to repealing or replacing the Affordable Care Act.

Watch Santorum’s comments below via CNN by way of Raw Story:





Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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    Prove it Santorum! I DARE you! I double Dog DARE YOU! Just a bloviating rethug out to keep millions from health care. SHAME ON YOU!!!

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    The real question is, why is anyone putting Rick Santorum on television and asking his opinions on any subject? He has nothing to contribute on any issue. When he made his asinine comment, he should have been immediately asked to name the people involved, and when he could not do so, he should have been shown the door, never to be invited back.