More scary stuff from Renee Ellmers

We’ve documented a few of the many lies told by Congressional Candidate Renee Ellmers in the course of her campaign. But the troubles with telling the truth aren’t as frightening as when she shares her unchecked opinions.

Ellmers, a nurse, now says that there should be no – no! – protections against insurance companies denying someone coverage due to a preexisting condition. I’ve never heard another politician, Democrat or Republican, say that we should leave such decisions up to the whims of big insurers. But here it is:

She said she was opposed to having the government mandate that insurers must accept customers with pre-existing conditions.
“Let the private insurance companies decide how they’re going to handle the pre-existing conditions situation,” she said.

Proposals like the one from Sen. Richard Burr to protect people with preexisting conditions are inadequate. But again, I’ve never heard of anyone saying that there should be no protections, no guarantees. That’s not radical, it’s reactionary. I guess Burr was wrong when he said that no one could get to the right of him.

Ellmers also doesn’t think that we should mandate maternity coverage. If you are a man you shouldn’t have to help pay for maternity care, Ellmers argues. This is a rehashed far right talking point that ignores the societal benefit children bestow, and it pretends that men play no part making babies.

These ideas are absurd and alarming. I’m glad she told us before the election that she wants to turn all health care decisions over to an unregulated insurance industry. That way we can’t claim that we were never warned.


  1. Adam Searing

    October 4, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    It’s every cancer patient for themselves in the wacky environs of EllmersWorld.

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  4. Alex O.

    October 5, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Only shows her ignorance of the health care problem in this country. The only people who agree with that logic are folks who have never faced a serious illness or folks working for the Insurance industry who have never faced a serious illness. NO ONE IS IMMUNED!

  5. north state politics

    October 8, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I wonder how she feels about women paying a lot more than men for identical insurance coverage. Oh yeah, leave it up to the insurance companies. Or for older adults to pay 10 times the premium paid by someone in their twenties. Oh yeah, leave it up to the insurance companies.
    Someone needs to explain to her that the insurnace companies have been doing this and it wasn’t working.

  6. Topamax Lawsuits

    April 3, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Just what the insurance industry needs…less regulation. Good grief.

  7. Depuy Hip Replacement Lawsuit

    April 12, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Interesting debate

  8. Mesothelioma Lawyer

    June 24, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Insurance companies provide jobs, so stop being so critical

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