Yesterday we reported on Georgia insurance commissioner, Ralph Hudgens who made the absurd claim that forcing an insurance company to cover someone with a pre-existing condition was like making them sell you a car insurance policy after an accident that was your fault, insinuating that a pre-existing condition is the fault of the patient.
As fate would have it we have found that Commissioner Hudgens is very much familiar with pre-existing conditions as he has one himself. He is an 11 year survivor of prostate cancer and as such sees the doctor regularly for check ups to assure that the cancer has not recurred.
Hudgens was outraged that insurance companies were no longer going to be allowed to discriminate on the basis of a pre-existing condition in the form of refusal to insure or higher premiums, saying that this was going to double the cost of insurance for everyone.
None of it really is of any personal concern to Hudgens anyway, he has nothing to worry about, when his cancer was found he had coverage as a Georgia state employee and remains so today. When he leaves that job he will be eligible for Medicare and so, even without Obamacare, he would never have to worry about a lapse in coverage or an inability to obtain insurance due to his pre-existing condition.
Mr. Hudgens may be finding himself in the position where he will be making that transition to Medicare in the not too distant future. His remarks have stirred up a lot of sentiment against him across the state by voters who are appalled at an Insurance Commissioner who would take such a stance.
State Senator Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta said of the Commissioner:
“He’s doing a mighty good job at drumming up opposition when he seeks to run again for insurance commissioner next year. Because the outrage we’re hearing across the state from his continued shenanigans indicates people are appalled an insurance commissioner would conduct himself in this way and the insurance commissioner would be such a staunch opponent of efforts that are going to expand health care access to huge numbers of Georgians. That’s what I think he can just about count on, is there’s going to be a spirited debate about what the appropriate r0le is of an insurance commissioner and who should be elected in the next election.”