•   
  •   
  •   

Politics Trump’s traffic jam of false claims on preexisting conditions

12:45  14 january  2020
12:45  14 january  2020 Source:   washingtonpost.com

Trump attacks Bloomberg on health care with misleading claim

  Trump attacks Bloomberg on health care with misleading claim The president again attempted to distort his record of trying to strike down the Affordable Care Act.“Mini Mike Bloomberg is spending a lot of money on False Advertising,” Trump wrote in a morning tweet. “I was the person who saved Pre-Existing 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.

10, President Trump has falsely claimed he has sought to protect patients with preexisting conditions through his various efforts to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, according to our database of Trump ’ s false or misleading claims . But these tweets are really something — a virtual traffic jam

Yet, President Donald Trump claimed that “ preexisting conditions are safe” and that he “will always fight for … patients with preexisting conditions .” The president made his comments during a rally in West Virginia to back the Republican Senate candidate, Patrick Morrisey

“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 and, if Republicans win in court and take back the House of Representatives, 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 Trump et al. standing next to a person in a suit and tie: (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)© Evan Vucci/AP (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

— President Trump, remarks in twotweets, Jan. 13, 2020

Nearly 70 times through Dec. 10, President Trump has falsely claimed he has sought to protect patients with preexisting conditions through his various efforts to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, according to our database of Trump’s false or misleading claims. But these tweets are really something — a virtual traffic jam of false claims.

New York sues Trump administration to enforce Clean Air Act

  New York sues Trump administration to enforce Clean Air Act New York sues Trump administration to enforce Clean Air Act

Initially, the Trump administration’ s position on the lawsuit focused on the individual mandate, arguing that without it the ACA’ s preexisting condition protections should be struck down This statement is not accurate and makes a claim in direct opposition to what’ s actually happening. We rate it False .

Meanwhile, Trump ' s administration has been pressing in court for full repeal of the Obama-era law, including provisions that protect people with preexisting conditions from health insurance discrimination. With "Obamacare" still in place, preexisting conditions continue to be covered by

Subscribe to the Post Most newsletter: Today’s most popular stories on The Washington Post

Let’s unravel this mess.

The Facts

“Mini Mike Bloomberg is spending a lot of money on False Advertising.”

Trump appears to be complaining about this Bloomberg ad, which is mostly about the former New York mayor’s health-care proposals but starts out by noting higher health-care costs. A narrator says: “What’s Trump’s plan? Repeal Obamacare, threatening coverage for millions of Americans.”

Well, Trump has repeatedly tried to repeal or weaken the ACA, and independent experts have concluded the various plans he supported would have weakened coverage for Americans, especially those with preexisting conditions. So it’s unclear why Trump would claim it is false advertising.

AP FACT CHECK: Lest old distortions be forgot

  AP FACT CHECK: Lest old distortions be forgot As he heralded a new year, President Donald Trump closed out the old one with a series of boasts about what he accomplishedA look at some of his rhetoric on impeachment, the economy and more before developments in Iraq shattered the week's holiday-flavored flow.

Trump falsely claimed Tuesday that the GOP would "totally protect" people with pre - existing Trump administration move could take away coverage for preexisting conditionsDemocrats are President Donald Trump falsely claimed Tuesday that Republicans would "totally protect" people

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump made a striking claim Monday, insisting it was he who ensured that people with preexisting medical problems will always be covered by health insurance.

“I was the person who saved Pre-Existing Conditions in your Healthcare, you have it now …”

False. Trump had nothing to do with the ACA, signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010.

Before the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies could consider a person’s health status when determining premiums, sometimes making coverage unaffordable or even unavailable if a person was already sick with a problem that required expensive treatment. The ACA prohibited that, in part by requiring everyone to purchase insurance. (That was known as the individual mandate.)

The ACA accomplished this through two provisions: guaranteed issue, which means insurance companies must sell insurance to anyone who wants to buy it, and community rating, which means that people within the same geographic area who buy similar insurance and are the same age pay similar prices. The two together made insurance affordable for people with, say, cancer. Before passage of the ACA, even minor health problems could have led an insurance company to deny coverage.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump minimizes IS risk, distorts Iran payout

  AP FACT CHECK: Trump minimizes IS risk, distorts Iran payout President Donald Trump wrongly dismissed the continuing threat of the Islamic State group and spread a false tale of the U.S. paying out billions of dollars to Iran as part of the multinational deal freezing its nuclear program in an address Wednesday that fell short on facts. A look at some of the president's claims in his remarks on Iran's missile strike on two Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops: TRUMP: “Three months ago, after destroying 100% of ISIS and its territorial caliphate ..."THE FACTS: His claim of a 100% defeat is misleading as the Islamic State still poses a threat.

President Donald Trump made a striking claim Monday, insisting it was he who ensured that people with preexisting medical problems will always be One of Trump ’ s major alternatives to Obama's law — short-term health insurance, already in place — doesn’t have to cover preexisting conditions .

Trump made a striking claim Monday, it was he who ensured that people with preexisting medical problems will always be covered by health insurance. One of Trump ’ s major alternatives to Obama’s law – short-term health insurance, already in place – doesn’t have to cover preexisting conditions .

Trump supported House and Senate bills that would have weakened those protections by allowing states to seek waivers from the law and consider a person’s health status when writing policies in the individual market. The theory was that removing sicker people from the markets and allowing policies with skimpier options would result in lower overall premiums.

But the Congressional Budget Office concluded that states that took advantage of these provisions could perversely end up blowing up their insurance markets, leaving people with preexisting conditions with spiraling costs. About one-sixth of the U.S. population was estimated to live in states that would face this problem.

If the bills had been signed into law, costs for people with existing health conditions almost certainly would have increased.

Moreover, the Trump administration has issued new rules that promote the use of low-quality short-term plans that were prohibited under the ACA. These plans typically don’t have the same protections for people with existing health conditions, allowing insurance companies to deny coverage or charge higher prices. (A number of states, mainly Democratic-leaning, have acted to prohibit or limit these Trump plans.)

Death of Mongolian Groom in Breeders' Cup could have been prevented

  Death of Mongolian Groom in Breeders' Cup could have been prevented Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman reacts to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Centennial class, the rematch between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game and more.

I will always protect your Pre - Existing Conditions , the Dems will not!” Without protections for preexisting conditions provided by Obamacare, the Kaiser Family Foundation estimated in 2015 that up to 52 million people could be denied coverage.

The president shamelessly claims to be the True Defender of preexisting conditions protections, which he claims Democrats are trying to take away. Mini Mike Bloomberg is spending a lot of money on False Advertising. I was the person who saved Pre - Existing Conditions in your Healthcare, you

“… while at the same time winning the fight to rid you of the expensive, unfair and very unpopular Individual Mandate …”

Technically, the GOP-led Congress did not eliminate the individual mandate. It still exists in the law, but the tax penalty for not having health insurance was reduced to zero. From the perspective of many health-care experts, the penalty was never high enough to encourage compliance; it certainly was unpopular.

But the individual mandate was a key component of the law. The ACA operates on the theory that, in the individual market, costs could be spread among a community of people with insurance. In other words, healthier people help subsidize the costs for sicker people. (People who get insurance from their employer — which is about half of Americans under 65 — already participate in a group that spreads the risk.)

The individual mandate was considered a crucial part of making the law work, along with protections for preexisting conditions and tax subsidies to make the law affordable. Reducing the penalty to zero could weaken the law in the long run, though enrollment in Obamacare basically held steady from 2019 to 2020.

“… if Republicans win in court and take back the House of Representatives, your healthcare, that I have now brought to the best place in many years, will become the best ever, by far.”

Death of Mongolian Groom in Breeders' Cup could have been prevented

  Death of Mongolian Groom in Breeders' Cup could have been prevented Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones addresses the media ahead of his team's rematch with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.

Initially, the Trump administration’ s position on the lawsuit focused on the individual mandate, arguing that without it the ACA’ s preexisting condition protections should be struck down, too. In filing a brief to the appellate court, though, the DOJ joined the plaintiffs to argue the law should be scrapped entirely.

The Trump administration is currently supporting a lawsuit to get rid of the entire Affordable Care Act, which is what actually “saved” insurance for people with preexisting On January 13, President Donald Trump tweeted “I was the person who saved Pre - Existing Conditions in your Healthcare.”

The tell here is “win in court.” What is Trump referring to?

The Trump administration has joined a court case that would wipe away the entire Affordable Care Act, saying it was unconstitutional. (Yes, the Supreme Court previously said the law was constitutional, but that hinged on the fact the individual mandate was deemed a tax. So the theory, under a lawsuit advanced by Republican-led states, is now that the tax penalty has been eliminated, the basis for saying the law is constitutional has been made null and void.)

It’s impossible to say what would happen if the Trump administration prevails in the case, but it would probably be chaos. The health system has spent a decade evolving under the ACA, but the lawsuit would wipe away the entire law — including protections for preexisting conditions.

“I will always protect your Pre-Existing Conditions, the Dems will not!”

This is lunacy. We’ve shown that Trump has worked hard to weaken these protections.

Meanwhile, the ACA is a law passed with no Republicans votes that enjoys strong support within the Democratic Party. Some presidential candidates want to expand the law, even institute a universal health-care system, but none of those proposals would raise costs for or deny coverage to people with preexisting health conditions.

The Pinocchio Test

This traffic jam of false claims ends up in a crash worthy of Four Pinocchios.

Four Pinocchios

a drawing of a face© The Washington Post

(About our rating scale)

Send us facts to check by filling out this form

Sign up for The Fact Checker weekly newsletter

The Fact Checker is a verified signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network code of principles

Death of Mongolian Groom in Breeders' Cup could have been prevented .
LOS ANGELES - The death of Mongolian Groom in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2 could have been prevented, according to a report released Wednesday by the Breeders' Cup. The report said that 253 horses were evaluated several times and that 24 horses were scratched either in the Breeders' Cup races or on the undercard of the two-day event out of concern that they weren’t in safe racing condition. “The examining veterinarians made the right call on 252 horses,” the report said. “That is a 99.6% accuracy rate. The decision was wrong on only one horse: Mongolian Groom.”The 25-page report was headed by Dr.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 1
This is interesting!