November 27, 2020

Trump should shock anyone with a short-term memory with claim he saved or will protect pre-existing conditions

Does Trump think nobody remembers the recent past or his current lawsuit against Affordable Health Care?

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!”

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.’

Other notable responses on Twitter:

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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