FACT CHECK: Scott Taylor Voted to Gut Health Protections

October 23, 2018

Virginia Beach, VA — Once again, Rep. Scott Taylor lies to Virginians about his record during today’s debate. Taylor voted to kick 45,000 of his constituents off their healthcare, gut protections for people in his district with pre-existing conditions, and charge older Americans an “Age Tax” for their healthcare. Taylor voted against the needs of his constituents because he was promised help with his reelection campaign. The AARP, American Heart Association, and dozens of other patient advocacy groups also voiced their concern that repealing the Affordable Care Act and the poorly written replacement, AHCA would be devastating for older Americans  Americans with pre-existing health conditions.

 Background: 

Politifact Found That AHCA “Would Weaken Protections” For Those With Pre-Existing Conditions, “Would Allow States To Give Insurers The Power To Charge People Significantly More.” “An ad by the American Action Network says that under the American Health Care Act ‘people with pre-existing conditions are protected.’ The only kernel of truth here is that the amendment has language that states insurers can’t limit access to coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions. However, the ad omits that the House GOP health plan would weaken protections for these patients. The legislation would allow states to give insurers the power to charge people significantly more if they had a pre-existing condition. While Republicans point to the fact that those patients could get help through high-risk pools, experts question their effectiveness. Current law does not allow states to charge people with pre-existing conditions significantly more. We rate this claim Mostly False.” [Politifact, 5/24/17]

Washington Post Fact Check On AAN Ad Found Claim That Bill “Protected” Those With Preexisting Conditions To Be “Misleading.” “Protected” is an odd word choice here. As we have noted, people with preexisting conditions would not be denied coverage. But if they have a gap in coverage, they still could face higher, unaffordable premiums for a year. (Much would depend on what individual states do.) So this is misleading language.” [Washington Post, 5/24/17]

Washington Post: CBO Found That People With Pre-Existing Condition Would Be Far From “Protected” By AHCA, Undermining Claims Made By GOP Leaders. “The CBO found that while insurers could not deny coverage to sick Americans, they would be far from being ‘protected.’ In states that choose to waive certain insurance coverage mandates as allowed under the GOP bill, the report stated, ‘people who are less healthy (including those with preexisting or newly acquired medical conditions) would ultimately be unable to purchase comprehensive nongroup health insurance at premiums comparable to those under current law, if they could purchase it at all.’ […] The analysis undermines not only the claims made by GOP leaders, but also shows that their bill could, by undoing what is perhaps the Affordable Care Act’s single most popular provision, throw consumers back into insurance markets where their ability to purchase affordable insurance would depend on their health.” [Washington Post, 5/26/17]

Politifact: MacArthur Amendment Would Allow Health Insurers In Some States “To Charge Sicker People More,” And Overall “Seems To Weaken Existing Protections For People With Pre-Existing Conditions.” “Trump said of the GOP health care amendment, ‘Pre-existing conditions are in the bill.’ The amendment says that health insurers can’t limit access to coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, but that insurers can charge people more if states agree. In some states, health insurers would be able to charge sicker people more. And experts warn that high-risk pools — the mechanisms meant to keep premiums lower for sick people — might not be effective. Overall, the latest proposal seems to weaken existing protections for people with pre-existing conditions, not strengthen them. We rate the statement Mostly False.” [Politifact, 5/1/17]

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