Trump Claims He 'Saved' Pre-Existing Health Care Conditions, But His Administration Wants to Kill Them

President Donald Trump on Monday said he has "saved" the component of current health care policy that prohibits insurance companies from refusing clients because of pre-existing conditions. But this claim is false, as his administration continues to advocate in court for the full repeal of the Obama-era law known as the Affordable Care Act.

"Mini Mike Bloomberg is spending a lot of money on False Advertising. I was the person who saved Pre-Existing Conditions in your Healthcare, you have it now, while at the same time winning the fight to rid you of the expensive, unfair and very unpopular Individual Mandate....." Trump tweeted in a series of posts.

He continued: "If Republicans win in court and take back the House of Representatives, your healthcare, that I have now brought to the best place in many years, will become the best ever, by far. I will always protect your Pre-Existing Conditions, the Dems will not!"

Under Trump's presidency, attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, in its entirety have proved unsuccessful. The law is former President Barack Obama's landmark legislative achievement.

But the administration and Republican-led states across the country are advocating in the courts for the law to be struck down as unconstitutional, a ruling that would have wide-ranging implications for America's health care system. That would include no longer requiring health insurance companies to accept clients with pre-existing conditions and would allow discrimination—even outright denial—to occur toward those with certain medical conditions.

None of the health care proposals put forward by the administration as an alternative to the ACA have offered protections for pre-existing conditions that are as strong as the Obama-era policy, according to PolitiFact.

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President Donald Trump arrives for an executive order signing regarding Medicare at the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center in the Villages, Florida, on October 3, 2019. Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty

With health care playing a pivotal role in the 2018 midterms, Democratic-led states and the House, which are defending the ACA, have asked for the Supreme Court to take up the matter and issue a ruling ahead of the November elections.

The Justice Department, on the other hand, told the Supreme Court this month it no longer needs a speedy ruling because this is not an "emergency." Thus, its position is that the matter does not need to be decided on until after this year's elections.

The ACA was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2012, but an appeals court last month ruled that the individual mandate requiring citizens to purchase health insurance or face a penalty was unconstitutional. The appeals court declined to rule on the validity of other aspects of the law.

Trump and congressional Republicans were successful in repealing the individual mandate in their 2017 tax law. Because of this, Republicans and the administration have argued that the rest of the ACA is unconstitutional and "now imposes irrational requirements," one of them being the coverage of pre-existing conditions.