CNN host Chris Cuomo and conservative commentator Mary Katherine Ham got into a tense health care discussion Thursday morning, just hours before House Republicans on Capitol Hill were set to vote on the controversial American Health Care Act, which would replace Obamacare.
Ham, a single mother with two children, was railing against Obamacare’s “essential health benefits,” or benefits that health insurance companies are required to offer in all of their plans. Conservatives, like Ham, have repeatedly pointed to this regulation, among others, as one of the reasons health insurance costs for millions have gone up under Obamacare.
“On the essential health benefits, the idea that you gut all the essential health benefits and then there are no requirements of insurance companies is just not true,” Ham said. “This is a highly regulated industry and it would go back to the state regulations. So there would be plenty of those preserved. And the pre-existing conditions part, which you’re discussing, is part of this package.”
Ham was referring to the fact that the AHCA, which the House is slated to vote on Thursday, keeps the popular “pre-existing condition” provision of Obamacare in place. The Republicans’ plan would also allow young adults to stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26.