Health problems not always preventable


“It will allow insurance companies to require people who have higher health care costs to contribute more to the insurance pool that helps offset all these costs, thereby reducing the cost to those people who lead good lives, they’re healthy, they’ve done the things to keep their bodies healthy,” stated Alabama Republican Sen. Mo Brooks. “And right now, those are the people who have done things the right way that are seeing their costs skyrocketing.”

First, Sen. Brooks should realize health care costs, in general, are skyrocketing out of control. That is the elephant in the room that Congress does not seem to want to address.

Second, it is my opinion that Sen. Brooks may not understand the human condition. There are many people who try to lead good lives, who appear healthy and who try to keep their bodies healthy. They still may be diagnosed with brain cancer, lung cancer, prostrate cancer, breast cancer, diabetes or heart conditions.

We probably all know a family member or friend who has experienced one of these medical conditions, which eventually becomes a pre-existing condition in the insurance industry. Their families will support them through their treatments. Their communities and other non-profit organization will have fundraisers for them to show their financial support. With insurance, hopefully, the majority of people diagnosed with these conditions will survive.

So perhaps Sen. Brooks needs to inform the public what filter he would use to determine who has “done things the right way” to deserve pre-existing insurance coverage at a reasonable cost.