Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama, who once claimed that “people who lead good lives” are “healthy” because “they’ve done the things to keep their bodies healthy,” announced today that he has prostate cancer (video below).
Brooks announced his illness on the House floor: “Don’t ever, ever, take your health or family for granted. During the holidays, enjoy your family, because no one, no one, is promised tomorrow.”
Brooks, who has government health insurance, opposes Americans having the same type of coverage.
Brooks, who introduced a one-sentence Obamacare repeal bill in March, defended insurance companies discriminating against people with preexisting conditions:
My understanding is that (the new proposal) 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. And right now, those are the people — who’ve done things the right way, that are seeing their costs skyrocketing.