President Donald Trump has an apparent deeply rooted problem with the truth. He has been documented to have lied thousands upon thousands of time since taking office, and he has shown no intention of stopping anytime soon.
Wednesday, he offered another one, claiming that Republicans are the true defenders of people with pre-existing conditions — despite the fact that they’ve fought coverage for them time and time again.
The president asserted:
‘Republicans will totally protect people with Pre-Existing Conditions, Democrats will not! Vote Republican.’
In fact, protection of those suffering from pre-existing conditions sits among the key facets of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare. Anyone who knows anything about the Republican Party knows how passionately the right has sought to upend that legislation. Their replacement efforts have included a deletion of mandated protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
Massachusetts Democratic U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy was among those to point out that the president was lying, considering what’s helped define the GOP itself for the past some eight years.
— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) October 24, 2018
Republicans have voted to overturn the ACA over and over and over again — it’s when faced with the actual responsibility of coming up with a replacement and actually putting their legislation through via a Republican White House that they came up short.
In fact, they’re still at it, just this week unveiling a new policy push to allow states to offer health coverage that could exclude those with pre-existing conditions, Democrats fear. The actual change allows states to seek waivers from the government allowing them freedom to deviate from health plan requirements set by ObamaCare, which remains the law. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services claims pre-existing condition coverage will be safe — but considering everything else enacted, that’s hardly reassuring.
Going into the midterms next month, far more voters trust Democrats to handle health care than Republicans, who only garnered the support of 35 percent of people compared to Democrats’ 53 percent.
Trump, though, wants people to believe otherwise.
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