Many GOP candidates are airing campaign ads pledging their support for preexisting condition protections and some endangered incumbents have introduced bills in Congress to ensure that the protections remain.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) reinforced the urgent GOP message in an interview with Bloomberg News this week that the GOP is able to "deal with" the attacks on health care, which has become the central issue in the midterm campaign in which control of Congress is at stake. "There's nobody in the Senate that I'm familiar with who is not in favor of coverage of preexisting conditions," McConnell said.
He's not familiar with Trump and the Republican case against it in US District Court, then. Or he's just out and out lying to fool the gullible.
1. The House effort to repeal and replace Obamacare included an amendment allowing states to request waivers that would have essentially nullified the preexisting conditions protections it promised.
2. Trump's Justice Department has refused to defend Obamacare against a lawsuit that 20 state attorneys general have brought in Texas. The GOP officials want to eliminate the ACA because a key part of it, the individual mandate -- originally intended to help pay for sick individuals to get affordable coverage -- was thrown out in last year's GOP tax overhaul.
Sabrina Corlette, a senior research fellow at Georgetown University's Center on Health Insurance Reforms and a former committee aide to then-Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), called the president's claim that Republicans want to protect preexisting conditions a "baldfaced lie," referring to the administration's decision not to fight the ACA lawsuit in Texas.
"I don't want to suggest the ACA is the only exclusive way to protect people with preexisting conditions. People could come up with other policy proposals to get the same result, but they haven't," Corlette said. "Every single thing [the GOP has] come up with through the whole repeal and replace debate would have left people without coverage, paying more, or without specific benefits they need for coverage."
Congressional Republicans spent much of 2017 trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act. After a failed drive to pass a repeal bill—the American Health Care Act—they successfully voted to end the individual mandate, a key element of the law that helps stabilize health insurance markets. The Trump administration has also tried to undermine Obamacare, loosening rules, reducing outreach, slashing payments to insurers, and throwing insurance markets into chaos. And at the state level, Republican attorneys general have filed suit in an effort to abolish the law in its entirety.
Republicans still want to repeal Obamacare, but they’re telling voters the opposite. On the campaign trail, Republican candidates are stalwart defenders of the Affordable Care Act and its most popular provision: a regulation that prohibits insurers from discriminating on the basis of pre-existing conditions. More than obfuscation or spin, this is outright lying. And as they do it, Republicans are showing contempt for voters, and further fraying our ability to do electoral democracy.
In his final debate with challenger Beto O’Rourke, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz similarly pledged to protect those with pre-existing conditions. “We can protect pre-existing conditions, and you need to understand, everyone agrees we’re going to protect pre-existing conditions.” But Cruz is a front-line fighter in the war against Obamacare and has been for years. In 2013, he shut down the federal government in a drive to defund the law. During the 2016 Republican presidential primary, Cruz outlined his vision for health care with a pledge to “repeal every word of Obamacare,” offering an alternative that made no mention of patients with pre-existing conditions. This summer, when asked the lawsuit that would gut the law and those protections, Cruz defended the suit.
from p 16 of the argument against the Republicans who want to stop ACA.
In the ACA, “Congress addressed the problem of those who [could] not obtain insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions or other health issues.” NFIB, 567 U.S. at 547. Congress placed new requirements on insurers that guarantee more affordable coverage regardless of health status, age, gender or geographic location. The ACA’s “guaranteed-issue” and “community-rating” provisions bar insurers from denying coverage because of medical history and from charging unhealthy individuals higher premiums than healthy individuals. NFIB, 567 U.S. at 547-48. These two provisions are important ACA consumer protections. Sherman Dec. ¶¶ 3-4, Appx. 417-418; Aaron Dec. ¶¶ 48, 55, 62, 69, 76, 83, 90, 97, 104, 111, 118, 125, 132, 139, 146, 153, 160, Appx. 026- 059. 3 And these provisions have given peace of mind to the millions of Americans with preexisting health conditions, while improving healthcare access for women, young adults, veterans, and persons with disabilities.4 Aaron Dec. ¶¶ 13-16, 26, Appx. 008-016; Isasi Dec. ¶¶ 4-5, 12, 15, ECF No. 15-2 at 7-14; Berns Dec. ¶¶ 3-6, Appx. 077-079; Corlette Dec. ¶ 9-12, 15-16, 19, 20, Appx. 087-091.
3 Key protections of the ACA that would be impacted by the requested relief include (among others); guaranteed issue (42 U.S.C. § 300gg-1); guaranteed renewability (42 U.S.C. § 300gg-2); prohibition of preexisting condition exclusions (42 U.S.C. § 300gg-3); prohibition of discrimination based on health status (42 U.S.C. § 300gg-4); prohibition on excessive waiting periods (more than 90 days) (42 U.S.C. § 300gg-11); prohibition of lifetime or annual limits (42 U.S.C. § 300gg-11); prohibition on recessions once covered (42 U.S.C. § 300gg-12); coverage of preventative health services (42 U.S.C. § 300gg-13); extension of dependent coverage to 26 years of age (42 U.S.C. § 300gg-14); and the coverage of essential health benefits, including ambulatory patient services, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance abuse treatment, prescription drugs, laboratory services, preventative services and chronic disease management, and pediatric services, including oral and vision care. 42 U.S.C. § 18022. 4 Examples of preexisting conditions include cancer, diabetes, asthma, heart attack and heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and pregnancy. See The Commonwealth Fund, “Access to Coverage and Care for People with Preexisting Conditions: How it Changed Under the ACA.” Appx. 155-161.
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