Reports Show Potential Impact of Trump Admin’s Refusal to Defend Federal Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions
AG Jeff Sessions announced in June that the DOJ would no longer defend Obamacare because it says that the law's individual mandate is unconstitutional and that key parts of the act are invalid -- including the provisions protecting those with pre-existing conditions. He explained that he was acting “with the approval of the President of the United States.” To show how many people could be adversely affected by the Trump administration’s refusal to defend federal protections for those with pre-existing conditions, Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD)released both a national and state level report which estimates that as many as 15.6 million people in the individual market may lose federal protections against discrimination as a result of their pre-existing health conditions, gender, or age. As many as 10 million people in the individual market have pre-existing health conditions and may lose federal protections against discrimination. Of these individuals, 4.8 million with severe pre-existing health conditions may be denied coverage altogether. As many as 9.4 million women in the individual market may lose federal protections against discrimination. Older Americans could be charged more than 10 times the amount younger adults pay for their insurance premiums. As many as 6.6 million people between 50 and 64 years old in the individual market may lose federal protections against discrimination. “President Trump claims all Republicans support people with pre-existing conditions, but just last year 217 Republican House Members voted to eliminate protections for these individuals. The president’s words—and the words of Republicans in Congress—do not match their actions,” said Cummings. Despite their campaign rhetoric, the Trump administration has yet to offer any alternative proposals for individuals with pre-existing conditions who may lose federal protections as a result. See the reports here.