Rep. Mo Brooks, R-AL, said Monday that an Amendment to the Republican’s American Health Care Act would require sick people to pay more for insurance than people “who lead good lives.”
During n interview with CNN, Brooks spoke about an amendment he supports that would allow states to opt out of health and age-based pricing protections that are included in Obamacare, if high-risk pools are established or equivalent measures are in place.
“My understanding is that it will allow insurance companies to require people who have higher health care costs to contribute more to the insurance pool that helps offset all these costs, thereby reducing the cost to those people who lead good lives, they’re healthy, you know, they are doing the things to keep their bodies healthy,” he said. “And right now, those are the people who have done things the right way that are seeing their costs skyrocketing.”
“Now in fairness, a lot of these people with pre-existing conditions, they have those conditions through no fault of their own, and I think our society under those circumstances needs to help,” Brooks continued. “The challenge though is that it’s a tough balancing act between the higher cost of these mandates which denies people coverage because they can’t afford the health insurance policies anymore on the one and and having enough coverage to help those people who are truly in need, and it’s a very complicated question, and I’m sure over the years there will be different permutations of it, both in the past as we go forward.”