What Santorum Said About People With Pre-Existing Conditions Will Sicken You (VIDEO)

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On Sunday, CNN contributor and former presidential candidate Rick Santorum attacked one of the most popular aspects of the Affordable Care Act: the fact that individuals cannot be denied coverage because they have a preexisting condition.

Santorum argued on State of the Union that millions of Americans with preexisting conditions are cheating the system by only paying for nine months of insurance.

‘Pre-existing conditions, though it’s very popular, what the reality is today is that thousands, maybe approaching millions of Americans, are paying nine months for insurance. 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.’

‘So, you stop paying in September — you can’t get thrown off you plan until the end of the year. You have a right to guaranteed [coverage for] preexisting conditions, so you buy a new plan in January. So people are paying nine months for 12 months of care. And it’s happening more and more and more as people get the gig.’

Santorum went on to argue that the ACA is so broken that it is impossible for the GOP to repeal and replace it at the same time.

‘Obamacare is a failure! But you’re going to need 60 votes to change preexisting conditions and other things to make the system work. And that’s the problem of repeal and replacing is you can’t do it because it’s a broken system.’

Santorum and the show’s other guests — Rep. Mark Sanford (R-South Carolina), Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Arizona), and Jennifer Granholm, a former Michigan governor and Democrat — were responding to a recent announcement about the ACA from former House speaker John Boehner.

Boehner said of congressional Republicans on Friday:

‘They’ll fix Obamacare. I shouldn’t have called it repeal and replace because that’s not what’s going to happen. They’re basically going to fix the flaws and put a more conservative box around it.’

Host Jake Tapper asked his guests whether the actions Boehner described would be sufficient. With the exception of Santorum, the show’s other guests all expressed concerns that a mere repeal would not be enough.

Watch Santorum’s latest Obamacare argument in the video below, available via YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8cW_Z5dYn4&feature=youtu.be

Featured image is a screenshot from the video.