Republicans made history yesterday by passing one of the most willfully destructive bills in American legislative history.
Trumpcare is a direct attack on the wellbeing of the American people, particularly those with pre-existing conditions. Repeatedly, Trump has insisted the bill will cover these conditions and prevent insurance companies from using them as an excuse to raise premiums. The administration toted a last minute $8 billion attachment to the bill as proof of this, even though nothing explicitly states the money must be used for pre-existing conditions.
The Republicans just admitted they were lying. The website for the AHCA (Trumpcare), previously had this stated goal in its FAQ:
Clearly, one of the most important provisions in their repealing of Obamacare was supposed to be ensuring companies couldn’t charge more to cover pre-existing conditions.
The guarantee was just removed from the website. The Republicans no longer want in it writing, because they know their bill does nothing of the sort. Unfortunately for them, the internet has a long memory.
Under Trumpcare pre-existing conditions will be a death sentence for many. The issue is worsened by the fact that the bill will allow insurance companies to claim just about anything as a pre-existing condition, including rape.
Do not let the Republicans slip this betrayal under the radar. Call your senator and stop Trumpcare.
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Robert Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.