Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mike Huckabee on pre-existing conditions

Mike Hucklebilly recently offered an analogy explaining why insurance companies should not allow pre-existing conditions:

"It sounds good, and it's a warm, bleeding heart message to say we're not gonna deny anyone with a preexisting condition," Huckabee explained at the Value Voters Summit today. "Look, I think that sounds terrific, but I want to ask you somethin' from a common sense perspective. Suppose we applied that principle [to] our property insurance, like for our houses, or our vehicles. And you, say Jed can call your insurance agent and say, "I'd like to buy some insurance for my house." He'd say, "Tell me about your house." "Well sir, it burned down yesterday--it ain't even there, 'cept a few 2 by 4s--but I'd like to insure it today anyhoo." And he'll say, "I'm sorry, Jed, but we can't insure it after it's already burnt down." If you had a wrecked car, it'd be the same. They wouldn't insure it. Well, it's just the same for humans, as it is for ruined houses and wrecked cars. You don't get no pre-existing conditions. When you're already sick, you're damaged goods, burnt down, wrecked, so to speak. No businessman in their right mind would lay a bet on a diseased, old dying person anymore than they would on a burnt-down house or piece of junk car. That's the long and short of it. Bad business. Next question, folks, and then let's say a prayer for our men and women in uniform."""

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