President Donald Trump Monday evening said in a tweet that he is "stronger" than anyone else in protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions, doubling down on claims he made earlier in the day while hitting back at Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg's ad claiming the president broke his promises on healthcare.
"I stand stronger than anyone in protecting your Healthcare with Pre-Existing Conditions," Trump tweeted. "I am honored to have terminated the very unfair, costly and unpopular individual mandate for you!"
The message followed tweets posted Monday morning slamming Bloomberg for his commercial that declares Trump "repeatedly tried to undermine coverage for 134 million Americans with pre-existing conditions."
The billionaire candidate and former New York City mayor also said in his ad that Trump "just doesn't care if you have a pre-existing condition. He wants to deny you access to coverage. If he is re-elected, he'll keep trying to do that, and I think we can't let that happen."
The New York Times Monday contradicted Trump's claims, noting that the Affordable Care Act, which established the right to health coverage for Americans with pre-existing health conditions, was passed before Trump took office, and the Justice Department is still fighting to overturn the law.
Meanwhile, last week, while defenders of the act are pushing for a quick Supreme Court ruling, the Trump administration filed paperwork claiming that there is no "present, real-world emergency" to rule on the lawsuit before the 2020 election.
The Hill also noted Monday that Trump backed legislation in 2017 to allow states to receive waivers that allowed them to charge significantly higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions, which is not allowed under the ACA.
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