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In the span of two days, President Trump has given two interviews about a health care bill that does not seem to exist.
Trump told both CBS and Bloomberg about his desire to pass a bill that protects Americans with preexisting conditions.
“I want it to be good for sick people,” he told Bloomberg. “It is not in its final form right now. It will be every bit as good on pre-existing conditions as Obamacare.”
I don’t know what bill he’s talking about, but it is certainly not the current Republican health care bill. As I wrote yesterday, the Republicans just revised the American Health Care Act last week to weaken protections for those with preexisting conditions. In order to win Freedom Caucus support, they added a provision that would give states a waiver from the requirement that sick people be charged the same premiums as healthy people.
This isn’t the first time Trump has done this recently. On Sunday, he said this to CBS’s John Dickerson:
Preexisting conditions are in the bill. And I just watched another network than yours, and they were saying, “Preexisting is not covered.” Preexisting conditions are in the bill. And I mandate it. I said, “Has to be.”
This just isn’t true. The American Health Care Act that the Freedom Caucus supports — the one that has a shot of passing — doesn’t contain the protections that Trump describes.