ICYMI: Davis Clarifies Confusion About AHCA Pre-Ex Coverage on MSNBC
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today joined MSNBC Live with Craig Melvin to clarify some of the confusion and misconceptions surrounding the coverage of pre-existing conditions within the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
Excerpts from the interview:
Davis: I've been an advocate because we've got to look at the facts here, Craig. The facts are 29 million Americans right now under the Affordable Care Act still do not have insurance even though the law requires them to. Another 31 million, Craig, have insurance they can't afford to use. Premiums sky rocketing in the individual marketplace. If we don't do something, then we're abdicating our responsibility as policymakers and I wish the Democrats, who gave us this bill, I wish they would come to the table and offer their suggestions for this fix they keep talking about but we don't see...
Davis: I am saying that it's wrong. We are covering pre-existing conditions. It's part of the federally mandated health benefits. Many states including mine have more Essential Health Benefits. And when we continue to address a waiver process, that no one has actually picked up the phone to call a governor to ask if he or she will apply for this waiver, they would still, even if they applied for a waiver, have to guarantee preexisting condition coverage. And it's got to meet a set of standards that relate to access, accessibility, and coverage and affordability before they can even bring an innovative idea to the table. So, those are the things that I believe that are wrong in this debate – when people try and mischaracterize what's actually in the bill.
Melvin: Congressman Rodney Davis from Illinois, trying to clear up some of the confusion this afternoon. Congressman, thank you for your time.