FACT CHECK: Sean Spicer lied about Trumpcare and preexisting conditions 

“Sean Spicer just lied through his teeth to every American who needs or ever will need health coverage for a preexisting condition – such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Trumpcare would cripple the protections that guarantee coverage to Americans who suffer from such conditions, which is one of the main reasons that the leading patient advocacy and medical organizations in the country are opposing it. Donald Trump and his administration are shamelessly doing all they can to hide the truth about Trumpcare from the public; they only care about gutting healthcare in America so they can cut taxes for the rich,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates.    

To view video of Spicer’s claims from today’s White House press briefing that Trumpcare continues and “builds on” the Affordable Care Act’s protections for Americans with preexisting conditions, click HERE.

FACT CHECK:

American Medical Association, 4/27/2017: “We are particularly concerned about allowing states to waive this requirement because it will likely lead to patients losing their coverage. Although the MacArthur Amendment states that the ban on preexisting conditions remains intact, this assurance may be illusory as health status underwriting could effectively make coverage completely unaffordable to people with preexisting conditions.”

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, JDRF, March of Dimes, National Organization for Rare Disorders, National MS Society, WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, 5/1/2017:The individuals and families we represent cannot go back to a time when people with pre-existing conditions could be denied coverage or forced to choose between purchasing basic necessities and affording their health care coverage.”

AARP, 4/26/2017: “AARP continues to oppose legislation that would impose an Age Tax, eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions, weaken Medicare, erode seniors’ ability to live independently because of billions of dollars in Medicaid cuts, and give sweetheart deals to drug and insurance companies while doing nothing to lower the cost of health care or prescription drugs.”