Republican nominee for U.S. Senate from Missouri, Josh Hawley, is running an ad that features him talking about his son having a pre-existing condition, then using that fact as evidence that he supports protecting health insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.
Now, while the fact that Josh Hawley’s young son has a pre-existing condition would seem to make it logical that Josh Hawley supports protection for other people who have pre-existing conditions, let’s not forget that Josh Hawley is also a Republican politician. And for Republican politicians, other people just don’t matter:
About the lawsuit
Manchin is referring to a lawsuit filed in a U.S. district court in Texas on Feb. 26, 2018. The lawsuit was signed by 18 attorneys general and two governors, all of them Republicans. The suit challenges the Affordable Care Act, arguing that “the ACA is unlawful” and seeking to enjoin, or block, its operation.
One of the attorney generals who signed onto the lawsuit is Morrisey:
Various health-policy specialists agreed that such a decision from the court would effectively eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
The statement is accurate but needs additional information, so we rate it Mostly True.
You may have noticed another State Attorney General on the list: Josh Hawley from Missouri. Like Patrick Morrisey from West Virginia, Josh Hawley also secured the Republican nomination to run for the Senate from his State.
Members of several organizations – Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri, Missouri Jobs with Justice and Protect Our Care Missouri – held a press conference Wednesday, in their words, to sound the alarm on efforts they say will take away those protections including a lawsuit backed by Attorney General Josh Hawley that is challenging the Affordable Care Act.
…But those protections, Senator Claire McCaskill says, are being threatened by a lawsuit challenging the ACA, which her opponent in the November race, Attorney General Josh Hawley, supports.
Of course, both of these Republican Senate candidates are now claiming that they do support protections for people with pre-existing conditions, even though they are suing to take those protections away.
There is an expression that would seem apropos here: Don’t listen to what people say, watch what they do.
Josh Hawley currently has access to health insurance for himself and his family through his government job serving as Attorney General for the State of Missouri. And if he wins his race for the United States Senate, he and his family will again have access to health insurance through the government. He will not have to worry about his son being denied health insurance due to a pre-existing condition. Just as he was not worried about his son being denied health insurance back in February of this year when he signed onto a lawsuit to take away pre-existing protections from everyone else. For Josh Hawley and his family, nothing has changed between February and now. So, why should the public believe him now when he says he supports pre-existing conditions? He is trying to win an election. Of course he is going to say that now.
And this is not the public’s first rodeo when it comes to Republican politicians promising protections for pre-existing conditions. Donald Trump and many others in the GOP said they supported protections for pre-existing conditions during the 2016 election. They promised a repeal of Obamacare with a replacement that would be better. What did they actually do once elected? They tried to pass a bill that would have caused 23 million people to become uninsured:
The revised Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will leave 23 million more people uninsured in 2026 than if that act, also known as Obamacare, were to remain in place. The GOP bill would also reduce the deficit by $119 billion over 10 years.
That’s what the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported Wednesday in its latest score of the American Health Care Act. The CBO’s assessment shows that the deficit would fall and premiums would fall for some Americans, but the report also raises potential concerns about the bill. The agency reports that the bill could destabilize individual insurance markets in some states, leaving unhealthy Americans unable to buy insurance.
This is the GOP’s replacement for Obamacare: millions more people uninsured, because without the ACA protections for people with pre-existing conditions, insurers would charge them more, and people with pre-existing conditions would no longer be able to afford to pay for their health insurance.
The GOP’s plan hasn’t changed since then. So, when Josh Hawley says he supports protections for pre-existing conditions because of his son, he’s lying, plain and simple. He signed off on a lawsuit that would end the ACA protections, and the GOP’s replacement would not actually act as a replacement for the millions of people who could no longer afford to buy insurance due to a pre-existing condition.