The media and politicians on the Left say that Republicans (and Trump) want to 'get rid of healthcare protections for those with pre-existing conditions'.
Is this true? No. Trump and the GOP have continuously pledged to keep the pre-existing condition rules from the Affordable Care Act.
Trump's Executive Order
Trump signed an executive order declaring his:
Steadfast commitment to always protecting individuals with pre-existing conditions and ensuring they have access to the high-quality healthcare they deserve.
While the order itself isn't enough to keep the protections after repealing the ACA, it shows his administration's commitment to the protections.
This POV Isn't Something New
In speeches, tweets, interviews, and more President Trump keeps promising that he will preserve protections for Americans with pre-existing health conditions.
We totally support people with pre-existing conditions - President Trump
We will always and very strongly protect patients with pre-existing conditions - President Trump
We will always protect your pre-existing conditions - President Trump
Consistent Record of Keeping Healthcare Promises
Trump has a consistent record of keeping promises in general, and his healthcare promises are no exception. Here's some, of many, examples:
- Signed the Right-To-Try Legislation allowing terminally ill patients to try an experimental treatment that wasn't previously allowed if they so-chose
- Reformed Medicare programs to stop hospitals from overcharging low-income seniors on their drugs
- Provided HIV prevention drugs for free to 200,000 uninsured patients per year for 11 years
- Repealed the individual mandate on ObamaCare which forced people to buy expensive insurance and those who couldn't would be taxed
- Signed an executive order that forces all healthcare providers to disclose the cost of their services so that Americans can compare and know how much some providers charge (vs. their insurance companies
- Signed a bill allowing some drug imports from Canada so that prescription prices would go down
- Signed the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act (in 2018). This act makes pharmacist gag orders illegal and allows pharmacies to tell you how to save money on prescriptions
- Signed the Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health
- Signed an Executive Order (in 2020) "Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access"
GOP Has Already Passed A Bill...
The GOP added an amendment to the American Healthcare Act that ensured anyone with a pre-existing condition could purchase health insurance.
It established a risk-sharing plan that allowed any individual with a pre-existing condition to purchase insurance at the same price as a healthy individual. This was not an unproven idea either, it was modeled after a successful state-level program.
The Republicans are on record with a sensible plan to cover pre-existing conditions.
Sources: Washington Examiner