AP FACT CHECK: President Trump's tweets on GOP health bill and pre-existing conditions

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during a news conference on "the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson proposal to reform healthcare" on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.on Sept. 13, 2017. Photo by REUTERS/Yuri Gripas.

WASHINGTON — There's plenty of fog in the health care debate over whether the latest Republican health bill risks protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

President Donald Trump says the bill ensures coverage for them. But an AP Fact Check finds that the legislation could leave them vulnerable.

The bill allows states to get a waiver from "Obamacare" requirements that insurers charge the same to people with health problems as they do to healthy people. Sen. Bill Cassidy is a sponsor of the bill and he has made claims similar to Trump's. He was pointedly challenged on those claims by the late-night host Jimmy Kimmel.

AP's Fact Check finds that none of those three has really captured the complexity of the issue. But Kimmel's point about pre-existing conditions is hard to refute.

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