Campaign 2010

May 19, 2014

Stewart Mills Runs Away From Plan to Let Insurance Companies Deny Care for Pre-existing Conditions

Millionaire Partydude Stewart Mills III is scheduled to start his TV campaign this week by misleading Minnesota families about his plans to put the insurance companies in charge to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions. In January, Mills told the local reporters that “very few” people actually need the protections offered by the Affordable Care Act that ensures they don’t lose their care due to a pre-existing condition.

“It’s clear why millionaire Stewart Mills is avoiding the issues and hiding behind his TV ads, because when the cameras aren’t rolling he says what he actually thinks,” said Brandon Lorenz of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “When he said what he really thought, Millionaire Stewart Mills made it clear that he wants to put the insurance companies back in charge to deny care for pre-existing conditions.”

BACKGROUND:

Mills Said People with Preexisting Conditions were “Very Few.” In 2014, the Brainerd Dispatch reported that Mills had said that in his experience as a vice president and health plan administrator of Mills Fleet Farm, cases of people with preexisting conditions were “very few” in number. According to the Brainerd Dispatch, “Mills said there were very few people with true preexisting conditions that didn’t have a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act certificate.” [Brainerd Dispatch, 1/30/14; Brainerd Dispatch, 2/19/14]

Mills Said Parents Should Pay to Keep Children on Health Care Plans. In 2014, MPR News reported that Mills said parents who wanted to keep kids on their health plans until they’re 26 “should pay for it, not pass along the cost to everyone else.” [MPR News, 2/12/14]

Repeal Could Deny Coverage to 129 Million Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions, Including 17 Million Children. “As many as 129 million non-elderly Americans have a pre-existing health condition that puts them at risk of being denied affordable coverage without health care overhaul, according to a government report. The estimate represents nearly half of Americans younger than 65, and 86 percent of people 55 to 64 […] The act already prohibits insurers from limiting lifetime coverage to a fixed dollar amount or denying coverage to a child younger than 19 because of a pre-existing condition. As many as 17 million children younger than 18 have a pre-existing condition, according to the report.” [ABC News, 1/18/11]