President Trump’s plans for an executive order about pre-existing conditions is interesting, considering the POTUS and his administration have continually worked to repeal Obamacare since he took office in 2017.
Even during his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump promised to replace Obamacare — which he has criticized for its cost and coverage — with a better plan.
In summer 2017, Congress failed to repeal Obamacare in its entirety. The GOP tax cut bill toward the end of 2017, however, did away with the tax penalty portion, which required everyone to have insurance coverage or pay a penalty. This resulted in 19 states filing a lawsuit stating that the ACA was unconstitutional without the the tax penalty.
With the Trump administration backing the lawsuit, the Justice Department asked the U.S. Supreme Court to try to overturn Obamacare in June 2020. If successful, it would result in roughly 20 million people losing their health insurance coverage — and the mandate requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions would also be overruled.
Joe Biden, who leads Trump in polls ahead of the Nov. 3 election, has condemned the POTUS for supporting the gutting of Obamacare — especially amid a global pandemic.
“It’s cruel, it’s heartless, it’s callous,” Biden said in June, adding it would force families to “live their lives caught in a vise between Donald Trump’s twin legacies: his failure to protect the American people from the coronavirus and his heartless crusade to take healthcare protections away.”