Donald Trump campaigned vigorously on the promise that his replacement for Obamacare would be better and cheaper. As details of the newly crafted compromise between some moderate Republicans and the House Freedom Caucus emerge, a clear casualty is one of the most popular elements of the Affordable Care Act: coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions like asthma, diabetes, or other serious illnesses.
While the amendment to the AHCA, or TrumpCare, calls for insurance companies to cover those with pre-existing conditions, a loophole allows states to allow insurance companies to set premiums without guidance from the government. If high cost patients are pooled together their premiums will likely sky-rocket leading many to have access to insurance but without the funds to cover their premiums that could become too costly.
According to Larry Levitt, SVP at the Kaiser Family Foundation: “This approach provides access to people with pre-existing conditions in theory but not in practice, since they’d be charged astronomical premiums if states allow it.”
TrumpCare winners: Wealthy Americans who stand to get huge tax breaks.
TrumpCare losers: Americans who need the most help.
For a candidate who promised we’d get tired of winning, there will be more losers with the AHCA than winners – including many who voted for Donald Trump in 2016.