Despite President Barack Obama's heathcare reform laws, California insurance companies are balking about offering policies to children with pre-existing conditions.
That obstinance today drove Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez to Hardball on MSNBC where she said Democrats in California are taking steps to punish those insurance companies.
Asked host Chris Matthews, would you blackball them?
Sanchez, who is facing a stiff challenge from Republican Van Tran in November, was unequivocal.
"Yes," said OC's lone congressional Democrat who has made no secret of her interest in someday running for governor.
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Calling insurance company conduct "a shame" and an attempt to exploit loopholes, she also said, "It's unbelievable that they [the insurance companies] would actually do that [against children]."
She also claimed that insurance company profits "are higher than at any other point."
According to an LA Times report cited on the show, 80,000 children in the state have no medical insurance.
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly