Johnson's claims on his bill protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions "Every bit as well as Obamacare" found to be FALSE

Sep 25, 2017

For Immediate Release
September 22, 2017
Contact: press@wisdems.org, 608-260-2409


Johnson’s claims on his bill protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions “Every bit as well as Obamacare” found to be FALSE

MADISON — When asked on national TV about whether the current iteration of Trumpcare, expected to come to the floor next week, protects those with pre-existing conditions, Sen. Johnson replied, “Every bit as well as Obamacare did. And it’s also going to protect the individuals that can’t afford Obamacare right now.”

Politifact Wisconsin dug into Johnson’s claim and found it flat out wrong, declaring right in the headline that “Graham-Cassidy, the GOP alternative to Obamacare, weakens protections for pre-existing conditions.”

“How the latest GOP alternative to Obamacare would treat pre-existing conditions is a question repeatedly put to U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, the Wisconsin Republican who is one of the lead co-sponsors of the bill.”

“…states could obtain waivers that would allow insurers — unlike under Obamacare — to charge people with pre-existing conditions premiums and provide them lesser benefits.”

Check out more on Johnson’s FALSE claim here.