Thursday, Florida Democratic representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz disregarded her constituents, saying the costs of Obamacare are not too high and that people will “always complain” about health care costs being too expensive.
Wasserman Schultz appeared on CNN’s “New Day,” hosted by Poppy Harlow, where she was asked about the skyrocketing rates of Obamacare across the country.
In the interview, Harlow noted that premiums in Florida have increased by more than 19 percent in 2017 and that many insurance companies have pulled out of the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges in the state, citing high costs resulting in fewer health care options available to consumers.
“You know, these families, they write to you, they call you, they say, ‘We can’t afford this,’” Harlow said.
Wasserman Schultz replied, “No, that’s not actually what they’re saying in my state.”
Harlow then asked if her constituents have complained about whether the costs are getting too expensive.
The former chair of the Democratic National Committee answered, “People vote with their feet.” She continued, “… and what that means is that when something is too expensive, they walk away. She also added that Florida has had the most people sign up for plans under the Affordable Care Act compared with the rest of the country.
Wasserman Schultz claimed, “Trumpcare would be a disaster for my state and will disproportionately hurt the elderly who would have astronomical increases to their health care costs.”
Harlow continued to press her guest on the topic of her constituents not complaining about the rising costs: “You have had some of the basic providers, insurance companies, pulling out. But, really, you haven’t heard from any constituents who say this is getting too expensive?”
While asking the question, Harlow was cut off by Wasserman Schultz interrupted saying, “There are people who always complain that health care is too expensive.”
“Of course, we always want to get a handle on health care costs,” she added. “But what we don’t need to do in order to achieve that is take health care away from millions and millions of people.”
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