President Trump on Friday teased an executive order to require health insurers to cover all pre-existing conditions, something already established under the Affordable Care Act, which his administration is suing to dismantle.
“Over the next two weeks I’ll be pursuing a major executive order requiring health insurance companies to cover all pre-existing conditions for all companies,” Trump said during a news conference at his Bedminster property in New Jersey with his country club members acting as an audience. MSNBC’s Joy Reid reported that the president had apparently “assembled a fan club of members of his golf club … without masks on, to be the audience so he could have applause during a press conference.”
“That’s a big thing. I’ve always been very strongly in favor. We have to cover pre-existing conditions,” Trump bragged.
Trump claimed such a thing “has never been done before,” but insurance companies are already required to cover patients with pre-existing conditions under the Affordable Care Act.
— Kyle Morse (@Kyle_A_Morse) August 8, 2020
“Despite Trump’s insistence he will protect those with pre-existing conditions, the Justice Department argued in a Supreme Court briefing in late June that the entire Affordable Care Act should be invalidated,” The Hill reports. “Overturning the law would take away health insurance coverage for about 20 million people. The effects would be felt even more acutely given the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected roughly 5 million people in the United States.”
Twitter users were quick to mock Trump’s attempt to take credit for covering pre-existing conditions.
He’s “invented” Obamacare. https://t.co/fEL1jcae6u
— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) August 8, 2020
He's probably right. Never before has someone signed an executive order to do what is already coded into Federal law.
No one has done it because it's stupid.
— Rob Honeycutt (@robhon_) August 8, 2020
— Jilly#GoodTroubleAlways #TrumpsTryingToKillUsAll (@JVoteblue2020) August 8, 2020