In an appearance on
'Fox and Friends' on Feb. 23, Fox News host and self-proclaimed Christian Mike Huckabee claimed that people with pre-existing
conditions, including those with cancer, should not get health insurance
coverage because it would financially hurt the health insurance industry
MediaMatters.org, Huckabee, blamed the rising costs of health care on "a
combination of increasing the benefits and forcing [insurance companies] to put
people on their policies with no regard to pre-existing conditions."
Huckabee did not comment on huge spending for medical
costs by health care providers, which costs Americans billions each year,
though he attacked people with pre-existing conditions such as cancer.
"Look, if you go
to the insurance company and say, 'I'd like to buy insurance.' Okay, tell me
about yourself. 'Well, I have terminal cancer and they give me eight months to
live and my treatments are $120,000 a month and I'd like to buy insurance.' You
can't buy it for $100 a month and expect the insurance company to stay in
business," said Huckabee.
"It's not about
being cruel. It's about the realities of just using actuary science when it
comes to making an insurance policy work."
Huckabee offered no
alternatives for cancer patients, but also omitted to mention that genetically
all humans have pre-existing conditions in their DNA, which, according to his
logic eliminates all human beings from health insurance.
Hannah Punitha (IRDA Licence Number: 2710062)
Michael Allen, Feb 2013