Sarah Sanders Claims Trump Is a ‘Hardcore Advocate on Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions’

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended President Donald Trump’s attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, claiming the president is a “hardcore advocate on protecting pre-existing conditions.”

During an interview on Fox News, Sanders was asked how President Trump plans to make his referendum on repealing Obamacare with no replacement plan.

“I don’t think that the election has to be a referendum on Obamacare, it needs to be a discussion about what works on health care, and that’s what the president’s doing,” she responded, implying the discussion of repealing the Affordable Care Act is a major part of Trump’s planning process.

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“He’s laying out the things that we need to see in a good health care system, whether that’s more quality care, whether that’s more affordable choices,” she claimed.

“And that’s bringing those costs down,” Sanders added, suggesting Trump is focused on lowering health care cost, despite his lack of indication on how to implement a system that would accomplish cheaper rates.

Sanders then went on to praise Trump, saying the president’s efforts of repealing the Affordable Care Act are an affirmation of him fighting to protect people with pre-existing conditions.

“He’s been a hardcore advocate on protecting pre-existing conditions,” she claimed. “You’ll continue to see him talk about that.”

Despite Sanders’ confident claims that Trump will advocate for protecting people with pre-existing conditions, his record alongside Republicans’, demonstrates just the opposite.

Although it’s been over a year, the last bill House Republicans proposed to replace Obamacare would have negatively impacted millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions.

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis, the 2017 Republican health care push could have potentially caused 6.3 million people with pre-existing conditions to pay significantly higher premiums. Furthermore, the policy would have affected premiums for approximately 25 percent of all adult enrollees with pre-existing conditions in the individual insurance market.

Trump has since deferred on his attempts to create a new health care plan, saying he’ll revisit the issue after 2020. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) refuted the president on Tuesday, saying Trump and the Republican Party don’t have a plan.

Despite the president’s apparent support to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would leave extreme barriers for many Americans, especially those with pre-existing conditions, Trump tweeted on Monday, boasting how he plans to create a “much more usable plan.”

“Republicans will always support Pre-Existing Conditions. The Republican Party will be known as the Party of Great HealtCare [sic],” he proclaimed.

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