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“Life is a preexisting condition” says Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready in pitch for Obamacare (video)

Pearl Jam rocker Mike McCready, who is not shy about airing his views, has gotten into the political fray this election season with a video published Monday in which he makes a pitch for Obamacare. The rocker, who suffers from Crohn’s disease, starts off by saying that “life is a preexisting condition. “There’s been times […]

Pearl Jam rocker Mike McCready, who is not shy about airing his views, has gotten into the political fray this election season with a video published Monday in which he makes a pitch for Obamacare.

The rocker, who suffers from Crohn’s disease, starts off by saying that “life is a preexisting condition.

“There’s been times when I’ve had to run off stage while we’re playing a show or right before playing a show, but it’s equally hard to have [Crohn’s] and have to drive to a 9-to-5 job or to be a kid in school,” McCready says.

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He goes on to talk about being denied health insurance twice in his life, and this after he had achieved success in the music industry.

“Because of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, we’re about to have healthcare for everyone. It really means for myself — I have a preexisting condition — I have some hope. Anybody who doesn’t have the means that I have will have it too. They’ll have a life.”

The video ends with a pitch asking people to vote to keep President’s Obama’s signature law.

McCready’s statement that ACA brings “healthcare for everyone” is inaccurate given that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that 30 million will be uninsured under the law. However, under Romney those numbers would be much higher and Romney’s healthcare plan doesn’t cover preexisting conditions if the person had gaps in insurance coverage in the past.