Trump Claims to Protect Pre-Existing Health Conditions; His Policies Disagree

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Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) speaks on a proposed protection plan for people with preexisting health conditions, during a news conference on Capitol Hill July 19, 2018, in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Reprinted from The New York Times by Linda Qiu on September 21, 2018.

At a campaign rally in Las Vegas, President Trump said that he and Republicans “will protect patients with pre-existing conditions.” But his Justice Department has said that those provisions under the Affordable Care Act should be overturned.


“When it comes to health insurance, Donald Trump and Republicans will protect patients with pre-existing conditions.”

— President Trump, at a campaign rally on Thursday night in Las Vegas


The Justice Department told a federal court in June that it would no longer defend provisions in the Affordable Care Act that protect patients with pre-existing medical conditions.

In a brief responding to a lawsuit filed by Texas and 19 other states, the Justice Department called the individual mandate — which requires most Americans to buy insurance or face financial penalties — unconstitutional. …

NY Times 9/21

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