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.
I would not sign Graham-Cassidy if it did not include coverage of pre-existing conditions. It does! A great Bill. Repeal & Replace.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2017
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.