Published Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010 | 2:03 p.m.
Updated Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010 | 2:25 p.m.
Angle opposes insurance mandates
As key provisions of new federal health care legislation come into effect tomorrow, Democrats are emphasizing Republican senate candidate Sharron Angle’s opposition to mandating insurance coverage for basic illnesses.
In a video of Angle at a 2009 tea party rally released by the party’s tracker, Angle appears to mock a recently passed Nevada mandate for insurance carriers to cover treatment for autism.
“Take off the mandates for coverage in the state of Nevada and all over the United States,” she shouts. “But here you know what I’m talking about. You’re paying for things you don’t even need.
“They just passed the latest one, is everything that they want to throw at us now is covered under 'autism',” she said, using exaggerated air quotes to deliver the word ‘autism.’
Angle believes government mandates on insurance companies to provide certain coverage increases the cost of insurance for everyone. She’s an opponent of the health care legislation recently passed by Democrats and has said she would work to repeal it if elected.
Key provisions of that legislation, including requiring insurance companies to cover children with pre-existing conditions, removing life-time coverage caps and allowing young adults children to stay on their parents’ policies take effect this week.