Trump Admin Trying To Bring Back Pre-Existing Conditions, After Trump Promised Many Times Not To
Attorney General Jeff Sessions claimed on June 7 that Obamacare’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions were unconstitutional in a filing in a federal court in Texas (video below).
Sessions’ filing claims that a bill signed by President Donald Trump in December 2017 — that reduced the penalty for not buying health insurance coverage (individual mandate) to zero — also gets rid of protections for people with preexisting conditions, notes The Washington Post.
Sessions claims that because the tax penalty is zero, it’s no longer a tax (the US Supreme Court ruled it was a tax in 2012), and is supposedly unconstitutional.
Sessions’ twisted logic is that the individual mandate cannot be separated from consumer protections, so the section of Obamacare that protects people with pre-existing conditions is also unconstitutional.
However, Sessions does nor want the court to rule until 2019 after the congressional midterm elections in an apparent effort to protect Republican seats.
All of this contradicts Trump, who said in 2016 that he would keep the protections, noted CNN:
I want to keep pre-existing conditions. I think we need it. I think it’s a modern age. And I think we have to have it.
Trump told “60 Minutes” in November 2016 that he would protect people with pre-existing conditions (video below).
Trump also told The Wall Street Journal in November 2016 that he wanted to keep certain parts of Obamacare, including the protection for people with pre-existing conditions.
Trump told Congress the same promise in February 2017 (video below via C-Span):
First, we should ensure that Americans with pre-existing conditions have access to coverage and that we have a stable transition for Americans currently enrolled in the health care exchanges.
Trump told “Face The Nation” in April 2017 that he would not sign a Republican Obamacare bill without protections for pre-existing conditions (video below):
Pre-existing conditions are in the bill. I mandated it, I said it has to be.
If the federal court rules for Sessions and Trump, then health insurance companies will be able to deny sick people health coverage for preexisting medical conditions, charge sick people high rates and make charge older people sky-high premiums.