In a moment of unparalleled projection, President Trump tweeted that “I will always protect your Preexisting Conditions, the Dems will not!” Although we have all become accustomed to Trump’s never-ending projection, this one really has many on Twitter shaking their heads in disbelief.
Trump was reacting to an advertisement from presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg, who has hit the airwaves with a focus on affordable health care for Americans. One ad reminds people that Trump tried to repeal the ACA or Obamacare. That must have irritated Trump, and he took to his usual venting on Twitter:
“Mini Mike Bloomberg is spending a lot of money on False Advertising. I was the person who saved Preexisting Conditions in your Healthcare, you have it now, while at the same time winning the fight to rid you of the expensive, unfair and very unpopular Individual Mandate…..”
The bizarre follow-up tweet:
“….and, if Republicans win in court and take back the House of Represenatives, your healthcare, that I have now brought to the best place in many years, will become the best ever, by far. I will always protect your Preexisting Conditions, the Dems will not!”
….and, if Republicans win in court and take back the House of Represenatives, your healthcare, that I have now brought to the best place in many years, will become the best ever, by far. I will always protect your Pre-Existing Conditions, the Dems will not!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2020
Not since Trump took credit for fewer cancer deaths in America last week have we seen such a stunning level of projection, gaslighting, or absurdity.
Slate reported on the facts of the matter:
“You can call it chutzpah. Or gaslighting. Or whatever. The claim is absurd on its face. Trump supported the GOP’s many attempts to repeal and sort-of-replace Obamacare, basically all of which would have either weakened or outright eviscerated the law’s protections for preexisting conditions. Currently, the his administration is arguing in court that the entire Affordable Cart Act—including its preexisting condition protections—is unconstitutional and should be struck down. That is the very lawsuit he referenced in his tweet.”
“But while destroying Obamacare has been a central goal of years of Republican policy-making and policy-breaking, that goal is a wildly unpopular one. So, evidently the president would like Americans to believe that if Republicans triumph in court, they’ll restore the heart of the law that they’ve worked to dismantle by any means necessary.”
The report also notes Trump once claimed at a rally that “Democrats have been talking about ending pre-existing conditions.” That, of course, was patently false.
Anyone who has a short-term memory will recall how Republicans tried desperately to repeal and replace Obamacare endlessly. Newsweek found “70 Republican-led attempts to repeal, modify or otherwise curb the Affordable Care Act since its inception as law on March 23, 2010.”
Below, President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy shamelessly celebrated the passage of the House version of a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare in 2017. Never have you seen so many happy white guys ready to take your health care without a second thought.
As they attacked Obamacare with the zeal of Benghazi, they promised a better plan but to date have not produced one that hasn’t inspired backlash and protest from the public. If Trump or the Republicans really valued protections for pre-existing conditions, they could have shown it in writing long ago. Instead, they voted for bills that eroded such protections.
The New York Times reported today that Trump’s “first legislative priority as president was a bill that would have repealed key parts of Obamacare and weakened such protections.”
Rather than protect sick people’s coverage, Trump has supported a lawsuit to erase pre-existing health protections, with the latest brief in the lawsuit last week.
From the Times:
“It is true that Mr. Trump signed a law eliminating the tax penalties for Americans who go without health insurance — the so-called individual mandate. That provision was one of the least popular parts of Obamacare. But that legislative change has not improved protections for Americans with preexisting health conditions. If anything, it has placed them in jeopardy, by forming the basis of a lawsuit that could erase the Affordable Care Act.”
Mike Bloomberg responded to Trump’s tweet, calling his bluff and reminding him of the lawsuit.’
Glad to see you're watching our ads, @realDonaldTrump. I know management isn't your strong suit, so perhaps you don't know your Justice Department supports a suit that would undermine protections for pre-existing conditions. Now that you know, why not ask them to drop the suit?
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) January 13, 2020
Other notable responses on Twitter:
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) January 13, 2020
If Trump could have his way, insurance companies would be able to charge you more or even deny you care for a pre-existing condition.
Trump hasn't just broken his promise to make our health care more affordable and accessible — he's done the exact opposite. https://t.co/OVf5U14tnR
— Wisconsin Democrats (@WisDems) January 13, 2020
Even the right-wing Washington Times says Trump is lying about pre-existing condition protections pic.twitter.com/lPhIlPjxjx
— Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) January 13, 2020
Of all of Trump’s lies, his claim that Dems are trying to take away coverage for those with preexisting conditions is the most brazen. Whatever your view of policy, this is just trying to blunt a political weak point by pinning it on the other side. No one on his side flinches. https://t.co/NTXkLP1w6W
— Orin Kerr (@OrinKerr) January 13, 2020
Again — Trump & Republicans are doing the exact opposite.
They’re supporting a lawsuit that would strike down the ACA and take your preexisting condition protections with it. https://t.co/rBg3X5mbQT
— DNC War Room (@DNCWarRoom) January 13, 2020
Another huge fat giant lie. I'd love a reporter – any reporter – to ask @realDonaldTrump how exactly he thinks he saved preexisting condition coverage. And keep asking. B/c he can't answer. His administration is doing the exact opposite, and he knows exactly 0 about health care. https://t.co/Fc8xcJUit1
— JackiSchechner (@JackiSchechner) January 13, 2020
Can Trump top the egregious over-the-top blatant lie that he personally saved pre-existing conditions? Every day, he seems to manage to do something even more shocking, but this one will be hard to beat.
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