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Trump's Biggest Lie Yet; He Wants to Protect People With Preexisting Medical Conditions

You could write about Donald's Trump's inability to tell the truth every day, but that would get tiresome and even his supporters don't believe a lot that he says any more. However, he made a claim on Tuesday that is so hilariously false, that you just have to call him out on it. This week, on Twitter...of course, he took credit for saving the Obamacare regulations which protect people with preexisting medical conditions.

Trump, Twitter: "Mini Mike Bloomberg is spending a lot of money on False Advertising. I was the person who saved Pre-Existing Conditions in your Healthcare, you have it now, while at the same time winning the fight to rid you of the expensive, unfair and very unpopular Individual Mandate..... and, if Republicans win in court and take back the House of Represenatives, your healthcare, that I have now brought to the best place in many years, will become the best ever, by far. I will always protect your Pre-Existing Conditions, the Dems will not!"

After you wade through his atrocious grammar, you find that this goes way beyond his usual inane lies about the Clintons, deep state conspiracies, cancer-causing wind turbines, who pays for tariffs, and crowd sizes; it's a warped fantasy that turns reality on its head. One of the key elements of the Affordable Care Act [ACA, Obamacare] was to protect patients with preexisting medical conditions and Donald Trump has done everything in his power to destroy Obamacare and return us to the bad old days when insurance companies could refuse to cover individuals for their preexisting conditions.

NY Magazine: "Before Obamacare, the individual health-care market was dominated by a practice called medical underwriting, in which insurers would sell plans to people based on their expected cost. A person with a healthy history could buy a pretty cheap plan, but somebody with a history of expensive medical needs would have to pay a lot more — sometimes, insurers would refuse to cover any treatment for preexisting conditions. One of the main accomplishments in Obamacare was to regulate the individual market, so that insurers could no longer charge different rates to customers based on their medical status."

Republicans in the House of Representatives along with President Trump tried to overturn the ACA in 2017, but their plan failed in the US Senate thanks to Sen. John McCain, among others.

NY Magazine: "The 2017 Republican plan severely weakened those regulatory protections by allowing states to permit insurers to charge lower rates to healthy customers and higher rates to sicker ones. That is the plan Trump celebrated when it passed the House, and has continued to lament when it died in the Senate (after John McCain’s famous thumbs-down)..."

The Trump administration never gave up, however, and they are now supporting lawsuits in the federal courts to undermine Obamacare and its protections for those with preexisting conditions.

New York Times: ..." The Justice Department filed its latest brief in the lawsuit just last week. If the Trump administration wins the case, all of Obamacare would be declared unconstitutional and eliminated."
"Such a change would cause many changes and could set off widespread disruption throughout the health system. Among the changes, the protection for pre-existing conditions in Obamacare would go away if the courts agreed with the White House’s legal position."

And, even if Trump doesn't win in the courts, eliminating Obamacare is still Republican dogma. If Donald Trump is reelected Congress will again attempt to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act with a plan that doesn't include protections for individuals with preexisting conditions.

#ACA #healthcare #Trump #news

By: Don Lam & Curated Content

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