The Trump administration is urging a federal judge in Texas to throw out healthcare protections for people with preexisting conditions.
This flat-out goes against his word last year when he appeared on Face The Nation and claimed that Trumpcare would promise coverage for all Americans with preexisting conditions.
Here’s what he said around this same time last year:
“We will take care of our people or I’m not signing it. Let me just tell you, pre-existing conditions are in the bill and I said it has to be.”
So much for his word.
Currently, as the law still exists today under former President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare), it would be illegal for insures to charge higher premiums for preexisting conditions.
What’s interesting about this is that while the term “Obamacare” isn’t popular with Republicans or Trump’s base as a whole, an overwhelming majority of them (especially his older fans) do not want to get rid of this type of Obamacare protection. Yet, that’s exactly what Trump is trying to do.
Let’s look at the numbers: 59% of Republicans are in favor of the current law. Looked at a different way, more than half of Republicans don’t want to see this happen. This was based on a Kaiser Family Foundation poll.
Trump has already done everything in his power to undermine the entirety of the ACA, and this one is expected to do even more damage.
He announced just a day ago that he thought preexisting coverage was unconstitutional.
Let’s go a bit more in-depth, though, on what this really means.
According to Andy Slavitt, who ran Medicare and the ACA for Obama, this means that Trump wants insurance companies to be able to deny or up-charge for these types of coverages:
-High blood pressure
He then went on to say that “individual coverage for cancer, diabetes, a transplant, epilepsy wouldn’t (even) exist.”
Think about that for a moment.
Larry Levitt, the senior VP at the Kaiser Foundation, says that even if the case doesn’t get settled soon, insurance companies always “increase premiums” in the face of uncertainty. We could be seeing higher healthcare costs on this news alone.
Also – don’t expect the government to go after insurers for discriminating. Do we honestly expect the Trump administration to enforce the rules if they’re publicly trying to reverse them?
Trump has already limited support for open enrollment, slashed Obamacare advertising by 90%, killed subsidy payments, and unveiled special rules to undermine the law – now he wants this, too.