McConnell: People Without Healthcare ‘Not the Issue’ (Video)


Like most Republicans, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) has said that he wants to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. Like most Republicans, McConnell has been rather vague about what he’d replace it with. On Sunday, McConnell was specific about one thing: the GOP replacement for Obamacare won’t be concerned with providing insurance for 30 million uninsured Americans.

In an interview with Fox News, McConnell pushed the standard GOP boilerplate on health reform — he would support tort reform, allowing insurance companies to sell substandard insurance across state lines and other reforms that would benefit insurance companies without helping patients. When pressed by Chris Matthews on what he’d do to provide universal coverage, McConnell said bluntly that they aren’t his concern:

WALLACE: I just want to ask, what specifically are you going to do to provide universal coverage to the 30 million people who are uninsured?

MCCONNELL: That is not the issue. The question is, how can you go step by step to improve the American health care system. … We’re not going to turn the American health care system into a Western European system.

For Republicans like McConnell, the fact that 30 million people don’t have access to health care is not the issue. The question is how the American health care system can be “improved” to benefit insurance companies more.

McConnell states flatly what more than a few conservatives have hinted at: the “replacement” for the ACA would simply move us backward to the health care system of before, a system where people can be denied coverage for preexisting conditions, insurance companies can drop you on a whim and tens of millions of Americans lack access to basic health care. Sure, some poor people will die because of that. That’s nothing worth changing the law for, though. It’s simply not an issue that concerns the GOP.

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Terry V.
Terry V6 years ago

Something to think about.

The Greatest Speech Ever - Charlie Chaplin !

Ira L.
Ellie L6 years ago

McConnell should croak! He's the most despicable person in the congress, and they're (tbagger/republiKKKlans) ALL lying, sick bastards!

Susan O.
Susan O6 years ago

McConnell is the ultimate RePIGlican ...

Carole R.
Carole R6 years ago

Good healthcare for all!

David G.
David Gardener6 years ago

Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) is a reason I am glad to no longer be a resident of KY. He is an absolute idiot.

Amanda M.
Amanda M6 years ago

We need to force the Rethuglicans who are against the ACA to live like the poor and working class for a MONTH and see just how hard it actually is to afford health care when every cent you make (if you even HAVE a job these days!) goes towards rent, food, utilities, and gas to get to work! There are people in this country who can't afford health insurance because of the asinine costs of insurance and whose job either doesn't provide it or provides it-as long as it's taken out of your already-too-small paycheck, and the benefits it DOES provide are a joke (such as not covering routine physicals, or only covering 20 PERCENT of the cost!). Yeah. Right. Like THAT helps!

Too many people in this country literally cannot afford to get sick or injured. WTF is WRONG with this picture?

Dee Campbell
Deborah Campbell6 years ago

health care needs reform of course-
when people use the ER as their doctor, costs escalate,
an overwhelming expense to the taxpayers.
..some sort of basic insurance need to be in place for all

Mara C.
Past Member 6 years ago

This - from a man who's been on a FREE government health plan for his entire career!!!!

Kenny West
Kenny Wes6 years ago

As an American who has lived in Canada most of my life I can tell you first hand Canada,s health care system is great and Canadians love it.

Juliet Defarge
judith sanders6 years ago

They don't say how they are going to control the costs of medical care, either. A European style system works in part because the government can make bulk purchases of drugs, equipment, etc.