Congressman Kevin McCarthy has reaffirmed his support for maintaining the current requirement that health insurers provide coverage for pre-existing conditions, despite the Trump administration’s new push to scrap Obamacare altogether.

In a statement to The Californian, McCarthy's office seemed to confirm a report by Axios that the Bakersfield congressman and House minority leader had informed President Trump of his stance.

“First and foremost, Republicans support protecting every American with pre-existing conditions. No American should be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition,” McCarthy said Thursday in an email to The Californian.

Axios reported earlier this week that McCarthy told Trump he disagrees with the administration’s plan to seek court approval to toss the entire Affordable Care Act, whose provisions mandate coverage of pre-existing conditions. And in a press conference early Thursday, McCarthy mentioned that he and President Trump spoke about protecting individuals with preexisting conditions.

Earlier this week, the Trump administration told a federal appeals court it wants the entire Affordable Care Act struck down, an outcome that could leave millions uninsured and reignite what some see as a winning political issue for Democrats.

The administration, in a terse filing Monday with the court in New Orleans, said it agrees that former President Barack Obama's health care law should be declared unconstitutional after Congress repealed one part of it — the unpopular provision that calls for fines on people who remain uninsured.

Trump's position is at odds with previous statements by leading congressional Republicans who said they did not intend to repeal other parts of the law when they cut out the provision for fines, effective this year. It's also a departure from the administration's earlier stance in a lower court, where it had argued that only federal protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and limits on premiums charged to older, sicker people should be struck down.

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Vavoom

flip floppin while paid six figure income, tax funded health insurance, pockets lined by lobbyists. oh and i heard the new VA clinic is on hold cuz of a law suit....but pretty boy conducted ground breaking press coverage one week before the elections though. evangelicals of kern voted him back in, just say GOD and you get a vote

barbara meuleman-girga

So glad to see McCarthy having a difference of opinion than Trump. He sticks so close to Trump that it is terrifying, but he finally shows he has a mind he uses every now and then for his constituents.

Daleman

“First and foremost, Republicans support protecting every American with pre-existing conditions. No American should be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition,” McCarthy said Thursday in an email to The Californian.
So says the guy who has literally voted over 50 times to take away the protections for people with pre-existing conditions and whose party leader is actively advocating right now that a court throw out those same protections. Real credible Mr. McCarthy.

Floyd Roberts

McCarthy in one breath wants to take away coverage for millions of people, then says he wants to protect those with preexisting conditions. Can't have it both ways. If he wants to protect preexisting conditions, he can't end the ACA, if he gets rid of the ACA, he gets rid of preexisting conditions. Lyin Donny and my Kevin, will say or do anything to cover their rear ends.

Django

Pre existing condition is the Insurance companies way of messing up your medical history. Since I had Pneumonia at 13 and Valley Fever at 14 am I a risk in my 60s?
Well, he has asthma based on his pre existing conditions( not to mention living in Bakersfield) so we won’t insure him. He can pay out of pocket.

JWS

The GOP is shameful when it comes to attacks on people's heathcare. They have no solution but want to take away the few protections we have in the USA. No other first world nation makes its citizens suffer and fear when it comes to heath care.

Gary Crabtree

And that's why they are all broke.

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