Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) called out Democrats for the dubious naming of the “Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act of 2019.”
The congressman claimed that the legislation actually has nothing to do with protecting the health insurance access of Americans with pre-existing conditions, but was given the name just to harm Republicans who vote against the legislation.
In a video posted to Twitter Friday morning, Crenshaw explained that the legislation actually limits the states’ abilities to innovate and find other ways to provide coverage to those with preexisting conditions without everyone else’s premiums.
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This is one of the most dishonest bills we have passed out of the House.
A purposefully mislabeled bill on “pre-existing conditions” meant to mislead Americans and limit choice and innovation in healthcare.
Don’t believe the spin, here’s my explanation: pic.twitter.com/kQMzfIkfXN
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) May 10, 2019
Crenshaw explained that several states, including Maryland, Oregon, and Maine, have used 1332 waivers that allow them to try their own solutions for providing coverage for those with preexisting conditions. The congressman pointed to reinsurance programs which are high-risk coverage pools that are subsidized by the government. They allow all patients to receive affordable coverage without raising the premiums on the rest of the insurance market.
Democrats claim this is discrimination. Their new legislation would get rid of 1332 innovation waivers and force those with preexisting conditions back into the exchange, raising the rates for everyone else.
Republicans are against outlawing innovation in health care and many plan to vote against the Democrats’ bill.
Some Democrats are using the name of the legislation to slam Republicans, claiming they want to end protections for those with preexisting conditions.
The Trump Administration is trying to take us back to a time when it was legal to discriminate against Americans with pre-existing conditions. But we won't let that happen. That’s why I'm voting for the Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act. #ProtectOurCare pic.twitter.com/cMWfRqj06F
— Jerry McNerney (@RepMcNerney) May 9, 2019
The Trump Admin is trying to make it legal to discriminate against Americans with pre-existing conditions again. We CANNOT go back. That’s why I will vote for the Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act. #ProtectOurCare
— Congressman TJ Cox (@RepTjCox) May 9, 2019
Today, I’m voting to strengthen protections for ppl with pre-existing conditions. But if Trump gets his way, pregnant women and North Carolinians with asthma, arthritis, cancer, depression, diabetes or other pre-existing conditions will lose critical protections. #ProtectOurCare pic.twitter.com/uX2i7qLo9x
— G. K. Butterfield (@GKButterfield) May 9, 2019
Crenshaw claimed that Democrats were using the legislation’s title to mislead the American people and are only using the vote as a club to bash Republicans.
“Why is this bill called the ‘Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act? Because this is the height of cynicism. This is the height of political cynicism. Democrats are trying to get people to think that we, as Republicans, are voting against this because they’re trying to get people to think that we’re against protection for preexisting conditions. That’s not true at all. We’re against bad policy.”
Crenshaw is not the first to point out the misleading efforts by Democrats on preexisting conditions. As IJR previously reported, several House Republicans mocked the legislation by coming up with new names for the program.