On Sunday, during an interview with CBS’s John Dickerson, President Trump proved just how little he knows about the health care bill members of his party are trying to pass.
Trump claimed that the new bill, which he and his fellow Republicans hope will replace the Affordable Care Act, includes coverage for pre-existing conditions.
‘Pre-existing conditions are in the bill. And I mandate it. I said, “has to be.”‘
During CNN’s coverage of the interview on Monday morning, the network fact-checked the President on this claim. While a video played of Trump insisting that pre-existing conditions are covered, CNN placed a graphic at the bottom of the screen that declared:
‘Trump falsely claims preexisting conditions covered in bill.’
Guests on Monday’s episode of “New Day,” including political analyst David Gregory, were quick to suggest that Trump doesn’t know the details of the health care bill.
Host Chris Cuomo also pointed out that coverage for pre-existing conditions is “not 100 percent in” the bill, as Trump argued.
CNN Money released a report later on Monday morning explaining what the bill really does say about pre-existing conditions.
The analysis focused on an amendment proposed by New Jersey Republican Tom MacArthur, which would technically keep in place the guarantee that people with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied coverage. However, the amendment also includes some other measures that would still put people with these conditions at a disadvantage.
As CNN Money pointed out, “the bill would allow states to apply for waivers that could greatly change the cost and quality of their coverage.”
These waivers would give states the ability to opt out of the bill’s essential health benefits measure, which requires insurers to cover important benefits like hospitalization and prescription drugs.
As a result of these waivers, states could offer policies that don’t fully cover the treatments and medications that people with pre-existing conditions need. CNN also suggested that the waivers would make carriers “hesitant to offer more comprehensive policies because they would attract consumers with costly conditions.”
Another problem with MacArthur’s amendment is the fact that it would allow states to change a provision in the Affordable Care Act that prevents insurers from charging enrollees more money based on their medical history. Without this provision, insurers might still provide coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, but the premiums for that coverage could be significantly higher.
Clearly, there is not an absolute guarantee of coverage, like Trump believes. Maybe he should listen to CNN, instead of just calling them fake news.
Watch a video of CNN’s fact check below, via YouTube.
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