FDP Chair Rizzo Blasts Trump on Ceaseless Campaign to End Pre-Existing Condition Coverage

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Tallahassee,FL. — President Trump has pledged repeatedly to protect health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and last night in his State of the Union Address he did so again. But let’s not forget that Trump has repeatedly broken his promises on health care, and is suing to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions. His actions put at risk as many as 133 million vulnerable people, who might not be able to get health insurance at all or have to pay significantly more for it. 

Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, said today:

“One year ago, Donald Trump pledged to protect people with pre-existing conditions, and last night he did so again. Yet, his administration continues to push a lawsuit to throw out the Affordable Care Act — putting millions of Floridians with pre-existing conditions at risk. We know Trump’s outrageous claim that he wants to protect pre-existing condition coverage is just another false promise. It’s another example showing that he will say one thing and do another. 

“By doing everything possible to overturn Obamacare, Trump has broken yet another promise to America’s seniors, working parents, and our children. Florida’s voters are watching what he is doing, not just listening to what he’s saying, and we will vote him out in November.”

“Trump has no current plan to replace the ACA which expanded health care coverage for millions of people since being signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010,” Rizzo said.

Quick Facts On Health Care If ACA Is Overturned:

Almost 1 in every 3 non-elderly adult Floridians access to health insurance would be put at risk.The Kaiser Family Foundation reported that 3,526,000 Floridians — 28 percent of non-elderly adult Floridians — have a health condition that could get them denied health insurance or charged higher premiums without the ACA’s protections.

Florida Would See Its Uninsured Rate Spike Up 67 Percent.The number of people uninsured in Florida would increase by 1,560,000 under repeal compared to current Law.

New York Times: 21 Million Americans With Marketplace Or Medicaid Expansion Coverage Could Lose Health Insurance If The ACA Is Struck Down.“Of the 23 million people who either buy health insurance through the marketplaces set up by the law (11.4 million) or receive coverage through the expansion of Medicaid (12 million), about 21 million are most at risk if Obamacare is struck down. That includes 9.2 million who receive federal subsidies.”

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