Trump tries to blame Democrats as his own administration chips away at Obamacare
President Donald Trump on Wednesday claimed that Democrats are threatening to endanger patients with pre-existing conditions while Republicans will protect them — an assertion at odds with his administration’s own persistent efforts to dismantle Obamacare.
“Republicans will totally protect people with Pre-Existing Conditions, Democrats will not! Vote Republican,” Trump tweeted, part of a ramp-up of his rhetoric on health care ahead of the midterm elections.
Public health experts say his claims are inaccurate, given his administration’s moves to roll back the Affordable Care Act’s safeguards for people for pre-existing conditions. The administration has taken steps to promote the sale of skinnier health coverage that doesn’t comply with Obamacare’s requirements and could lack protections for sick people and has joined a lawsuit seeking to abolish the health care law.
Democrats have cast next month’s election as a fight over patient protections and hammered Republicans on the campaign trail for putting tens of millions of vulnerable Americans at risk. A Washington Post/ABC News poll released last week found Americans trust Democrats more on health care than Republicans by a 53-35 percent margin.
Trump is planning a speech at his health department’s Washington headquarters Thursday that could touch on drug pricing, the opioid crisis and patient protections, two individuals tell POLITICO. It would be an unusual venue for a president more comfortable with holding rallies outside Washington than addressing federal workers.