President Trump says the GOP health plan will protect people with preexisting conditions better than ObamaCare.
“I want it to be good for sick people. It’s not in its final form right now,” Trump said in a new interview with Bloomberg.
“It will be every bit as good on preexisting conditions as ObamaCare.”
“And Obamacare just so you know, Obamacare’s terrible on preexisting conditions, you know why? Cause you’re not going to have it,” he added, predicting the end of the healthcare program. “It’s folding. It’s gone.”
A proposed GOP amendment to the American Health Care Act would allow states to undermine protections for people with preexisting conditions.
The amendment, authored by Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) and aimed at getting more conservative members on board, would allow states to apply for waivers to opt out of an ObamaCare provision that essentially bans insurers from charging people with preexisting conditions more for coverage.
While the AHCA maintains an ObamaCare provision banning insurers from denying coverage to people with preexisting conditions, allowing states to gut the community rating provision means those people could be charged much more to get coverage.
As a condition of waiving out of community rating, the state must have a high-risk pool, a separate pool for sick people.
But experts have noted that those pools haven’t always been successful in the past — several had high premiums, wait lists and caps on how much would be covered.
People with preexisting conditions who maintain continuous coverage would not face higher premiums.
But if they ever dropped their coverage for longer than 63 days, they could subsequently be charged more for insurance.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that Congress is not ready to go ahead with a vote on the GOP’s healthcare legislation yet. “We’re getting closer and closer every day, but we’re not there yet,” Spicer said when asked if there are enough votes in the House to put a bill on the floor.
Spicer said it’s up to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House GOP leadership to call a vote, but expressed confidence that vote-whipping efforts are going in the right direction.