Romney surrogate: Obama health law would have hurt her cancer treatments

Carly Fiorina, a surrogate for Mitt Romney, said Sunday that President Obama’s healthcare law would have hurt her health as she underwent treatments for breast cancer.

“The new protocols that have come down as a result of ‘ObamaCare’ would have been very deleterious to my personal health,” Fiorina said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

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She specifically cited “mammograms every other year.”

The healthcare law requires insurance companies to cover mammograms every year, without charging a co-pay or deductible, for women 40 and older.

Fiorina also said that, as a cancer survivor, she recognizes the need to provide help to people with pre-existing conditions. 

Republicans have pledged to repeal all of Obama’s healthcare law, but the party is divided over how it would handle one of the law’s most popular provisions — requiring insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions.

Fiorina said there is a cheaper way to address people with pre-existing conditions.

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D), appearing in the same segment, said Romney and Republicans will have a hard time campaigning on a platform of repealing protections like the guarantee for people with pre-existing conditions.

Public opinion on the law is deeply divided, and the law stirs up deep anger among the Republican base.