The Right is engaging in fascinating and skilled misdirection to imply that, look, under Trumpcare the coverage for pre-existing conditions won’t be that different from what it already is [under Obamacare] or was under private insurers. This is Avik Roy in Forbes, via Redstate:
[P]rior to Obamacare, the vast majority of Americans with health insurance were already in plans that were required to offer them coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions. Employer-based plans were required to offer coverage to everyone regardless of pre-existing conditions. So were Medicare, Medicaid, and other government programs like the VA. Employer- and government-based plans, prior to Obamacare, represented 90 percent of Americans with health insurance.
Amazingly, that’s an entire paragraph without (so far as I can tell) a single lie in it. But would you like to drive through the hole it nonetheless contains? The pre-existing condition coverage provided by the VA is probably safe, because of the stink that would follow any attempt to delete it. I’ve got my fingers crossed that the same is true for Medicare. But if Trumpcare says that employer-based plans are no longer obligated to cover pre-existing conditions, a lot of them no longer will. And as for Medicaid… Any number of Republicans have been looking for an excuse to get rid of Medicaid for decades. The facts are cut in stone: a majority of poor people do not vote Republican, and Republican legislators do not want to provide medical care to those people. Roy’s implication is that, when Obamacare is replaced by the AHCA, the insurance environment will go back to what it was before Obamacare. Other statements by Republican legislators make it clear that that is ridiculous.
I still can’t find a verified deniable conditions list. Stay tuned.