President Donald Trump insisted on Tuesday night that he is protecting healthcare protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, only to be fact-checked live in front of an audience of undecided voters.
Hosted by George Stephanopoulos, the town hall gave Trump a chance to sell himself to a group of undecided voters who could swing the election outcome either way as Democratic nominee Joe Biden continues to lead him in the polls.
The problem is that the voters could ask him about anything and he could be fact-checked at any time if he told an obvious lie, which he ended up doing when a voter asked him about pre-existing conditions.
Trump claimed that Democrats won’t protect pre-existing conditions if they win control of the White House and Congress in November, but that’s clearly a lie since Democrats are the ones who passed the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which requires health insurance companies to offer coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
The reality is that Trump is the one currently fighting to repeal that law and the protections it provides to millions of Americans who would be uninsured otherwise. And that’s why Stephanopoulos called him out.
“Mr. President, I have to stop you there. Obamacare guaranteed that people with preexisting conditions could buy insurance,” he pointed out. “You fought to repeal Obamacare. You are arguing before the Supreme Court right now to strike it down.”
As usual, Trump lamely attempted to save himself by claiming that he has a secret healthcare plan that he is ready to sign immediately if Obamacare is repealed, but refused to share any details.
“I have it all ready,” Trump said. “I have it all ready and it’s a much better plan for you and it’s a much better plan.”
“What is it?” Stephanopoulos asked as Trump veered away to brag about killing the individual mandate.
Here’s the video via Twitter:
In a special @abc2020, @GStephanopoulos presses Pres. Trump on claim he is preserving pre-existing conditions, even as his administration argues in court against Obamacare, which protects them: “You’ve been trying to strike down pre-existing conditions.” https://t.co/ztM30WXxPT pic.twitter.com/u0mClQXlXg
— ABC News (@ABC) September 16, 2020
Again, millions of Americans stand to lose their health insurance if Trump has his way and Obamacare is struck down by the Supreme Court. And he certainly does not have any plan to replace it. He has repeatedly insisted that he will release his plan, but has blown past every timeline he has given to do so.
There is no plan, and any undecided voter who has a pre-existing condition should no longer be undecided after watching this town hall. Biden helped make protections for people with pre-existing conditions become the law of the land. He’ll continue to protect that legacy while Trump has only sought to destroy it.
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