Trump Administration Widens Obamacare Escape Hatch for Red States

The Trump administration said Monday it will give states significant new ability to opt out of Obamacare requirements, a move that could boost cheaper health plans with fewer protections for pre-existing conditions.

Many health insurance experts warn the move could essentially create two health insurance markets — one for healthy people who opt for the cheaper plans and another for sicker patients who will face spiraling costs… Read More at Politico

Trump Insists GOP Will ‘Totally’ Protect Pre-existing Conditions, Despite Obamacare Repeal Efforts

President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that Republicans would “totally” protect people with pre-existing conditions, trying to fend off Democratic attacks on GOP Obamacare repeal votes.

“Republicans will totally protect people with Pre-Existing Conditions, Democrats will not! Vote Republican,” Trump tweeted.

Republicans in tough races have been scrambling to say that they will protect people with pre-existing conditions as Democrats use the issue and GOP votes to repeal Obamacare as a key line of attack.

Trump last year supported GOP Obamacare repeal bills that would have weakened protections for pre-existing conditions. The House GOP bill, for example, allowed states to get waivers to allow insurers to spike premiums for people with pre-existing conditions… Read More at The Hill

McCaughey: Dems Resort to Scare Tactics on Health Care

Democrats are so desperate to torpedo Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court that they’re resorting to scare tactics, telling Americans that his confirmation would put 130 million people at risk of losing their health insurance.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says Democrats can sink Kavanaugh by showing how his appointment will lead to a court majority that “repeals ACA with its protections for pre-­existing conditions.” It’s demagoguery. And it’s working, as demagoguery too often does. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a frequent Trump opponent, is already moaning that the SCOTUS appointment will determine if “West Virginians with pre-existing conditions will lose their health care.”

Not true. Even if the Supreme Court does strike down the Affordable Care Act someday, the era of insurance companies turning down applicants with health problems is over. Across the country, Republican and Democratic state lawmakers agree on that. They are busy devising smarter ways to protect people with pre-existing conditions and keep insurance affordable, with or without Obamacare. Not one of these plans throws people with health problems under the bus. Democrats’ rhetoric about losing coverage for pre-existing conditions is hysteria… Read More at Boston Herald