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Fact check: What Trump gets wrong in his health care op-ed

 

With health care a top issue in the midterms, President Donald Trump penned an opinion article defending his administration’s actions and critiquing single-payer “Medicare for All” proposals favored by some Democrats that would provide coverage to every American.

But the column, published Wednesday in USA Today, included a number of false and misleading claims, both about the Democratic plans and the White House’s own policy. Others are accurate, but missing key context. Here’s how the president’s words measure up with experts, independent analyses, government reports, and his own actions.

PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS

The claim: “As a candidate, I promised that we would protect coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions and create new health care insurance options that would lower premiums. I have kept that promise, and we are now seeing health insurance premiums coming down.”

The facts: This is false. The White House is actively trying to scale back current protections for pre-existing conditions in significant ways.

In the most drastic move, the Trump administration is backing a Republican-led lawsuit that argues Obamacare’s protections for pre-existing conditions are illegal. If successful, insurers would again be allowed to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions. Read more

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Fact check: What Trump gets wrong in his health care op-ed

Fact check: What Trump gets wrong in his health care op-ed

Fact check: What Trump gets wrong in his health care op-ed

Fact check: What Trump gets wrong in his health care op-ed

Fact check: What Trump gets wrong in his health care op-ed

Fact check: What Trump gets wrong in his health care op-ed

Fact check: What Trump gets wrong in his health care op-ed

Fact check: What Trump gets wrong in his health care op-ed

Fact check: What Trump gets wrong in his health care op-ed