Donald Trump and other Republicans are now running around telling voters that they support protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
“And Republicans only will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions. We’re going to protect it.”
This is a lie. Republicans have been trying to strip away protections for those who have pre-existing conditions for eight years, and they have never stopped. They have promised to repeal those protections if they win either the House or Senate, and several Republican State Attorney Generals are right now suing to strip away protections for people with pre-existing conditions with support from the White House.
But perhaps the Republican who has been most vocal about taking away protections for those who have pre-existing conditions is none other than Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who has gone as far as to claim that protecting coverage for people with pre-existing conditions is unconstitutional:
Cruz told Vox that he thought the Justice Department’s position in the lawsuit, that the law’s rules on preexisting conditions should be invalidated along with the individual mandate, was “reasonable” and defended the foundation of the case being brought by his home state of Texas in a brief interview at the Capitol.
“Those parts that the court explicitly upheld under the taxing power, the Department of Justice conceded, under the court’s reasoning, no longer had a constitutional basis,” Cruz, who studied law at Harvard and served as Texas’s solicitor general before coming to Congress, told me. “I think that is a reasonable position for the Justice Department to take.”
“I think the consequence if the court agrees with the state of Texas’s lawsuit will be that consumers will have more choices, more competition, more options, more individual freedom and lower premiums,” he continued. “That’s a win for health care consumers across the country.”
The left-leaning Urban Institute just estimated that the number of uninsured Americans would jump to 51 million, a 50 percent increase, if the Texas case were successful and the entire law were found unconstitutional.
Luckily for Texas, Ted Cruz’s opponent Beto O’Rourke does not share Ted Cruz’s opinion that coverage protections for people with pre-existing conditions should be taken away.
Half of Texans below the age of 65 have at least one pre-existing condition.
"This is a huge deal. First, if the administration’s position prevails, millions of Americans will lose the protections they thought they had against being denied coverage" https://t.co/Btu7UWJ48a
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) June 13, 2018
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) October 17, 2018
"People with pre-existing conditions not only include those with epilepsy, cancer and diabetes, it could include pregnant women….Denying coverage to cancer patients and pregnant women or charging them exorbitant rates would be despicable." https://t.co/630LPPyJ5z
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) June 25, 2018
We are the least insured state in the country. Instead of continuing to threaten the health care of the 11.5 million Texans who live with a pre-existing condition, let's work to ensure more people can see a doctor. https://t.co/3k0cFBZvOS
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 26, 2018
Beto O'Rourke believes healthcare is a right, so it's unacceptable that 4.3 million Texans are uninsured. He'll fight for universal healthcare; he'll fight to protect pre-existing conditions; he'll fight for us all. #TXSen #BetoForTexas #FlipTheSenate pic.twitter.com/QOCmH6D1r8
— VoteBarrow&MillerGeorgia (@GailWaldby) November 2, 2018
Want to feel even more infuriated about Ted Cruz’s opinion that Obamacare should be repealed and that its coverage protections for people with pre-existing conditions are unconstitutional? Here is video of Ted Cruz admitting that he and his family signed up for Obamacare after his wife left her job:
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) November 2, 2018