President Trump accused Democrats of wanting to take away pre-existing conditions coverage, despite the fact that 20 Republican state officials — including Attorney General Josh Hawley, who is running for Senate in Missouri — signed onto a federal lawsuit seeking to strike down former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional.
“Republicans want to protect Medicare for our great seniors who have earned it and they have paid for it,” Trump said. “And we will always protect Americans with pre-existing conditions, we are going to take care of them.”
He added: “Some of the Democrats have been talking about ending pre-existing conditions.”
Trump then suggested the United States could get more money from China to pay for pre-existing conditions.
“And we will always protect Americans with pre-existing conditions,” Trump said. “We’re going to take care of them. Some of the Democrats have been talking about ending pre-existing conditions…and some people have. You know what I say? We get a little more money from China. It’ll be just fine. We’ll be just fine.”
Why this matters: Health care has become a difficult issue for Republicans to talk about during the 2018 midterms, with Democrats turning the issue into the focal point of their television advertising campaigns, debate strategies and stump speeches.
That means Republicans are having to adapt to a shifting political reality: Republicans who called for the repeal of Obama’s health care law — which features some popular elements, like protections for those with pre-existing conditions — are on the defensive.
Trump, who earlier attacked Democrats for backing a “Medicare for All” plan, simply looked to combat the attacks by arguing, without much back up, that Democrats wants to get rid of pre-existing conditions.
“We are going to take care of pre-existing conditions folks,” he said. “Remember that.”