President Donald Trump's efforts to take healthcare from millions of Americans via repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, have repeatedly fallen flat.
This happened most notably when the late Senator John McCain (R-AZ) cast the deciding vote to allow his 2008 Presidential rival's most consequential legislation to remain in effect.
A formative piece of the Affordable Care Act is that insurance companies can't deny coverage based on the pre-existing conditions of potential customers.
When Republicans controlled both legislative houses, Trump and his allies couldn't come up with an alternative to Obamacare that would pass the Senate.
He continues to claim that he's a champion for protecting pre-existing conditions.
....and, if Republicans win in court and take back the House of Represenatives, your healthcare, that I have now br… https://t.co/zzdutnajQm— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1578922760.0
As you may have imagined, this is completely false.
Former Vice President and current contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Joe Biden, called Trump's lie out directly.
Come on. Your administration has been arguing in court to repeal protections for people with pre-existing condition… https://t.co/p5KJS1jt77— Joe Biden (@Joe Biden) 1578939926.0
Another presidential candidate, the billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, responded to Trump as well.
@ us next time https://t.co/RpRxsp2IFe— Mike Bloomberg (@Mike Bloomberg) 1578924348.0
Nearly all of the GOP's efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, which Trump supported, would have lessened or outright eliminated protections for those with pre-existing conditions. The Trump administration is currently fighting in court to have Obamacare—and its pre-existing condition protections—deemed unconstitutional.
Others weren't going to let Trump's lie fly either.
Everything DT says is a damn lie. Like you I don't believe his lies, but cutting ppl off healthcare has gotten me… https://t.co/tj3mKrBjde— Sass (@Sass) 1578945007.0
One of Trump’s campaign promises was to end ACA (Obamacare), which protected people with pre-existing conditions. H… https://t.co/R3A55LEjjz— 2amtrash (@2amtrash) 1578946400.0
The Trump administration is at this very second trying to invalidate the ACA in court. The ACA is what guaranteed… https://t.co/rrJoRa4p8F— Bob Cunningham (@Bob Cunningham) 1578923682.0
Trump is pursuing a lawsuit RIGHT NOW to declare protections for people with pre-exisiting conditions unconstitutio… https://t.co/fbdCc89Bup— Judd Legum (@Judd Legum) 1578924521.0
Come on Joe, he isn't truthful about the size of his fingers, or the size of his body; lieing about his height so h… https://t.co/KIqoutmPPo— Dr Bear (@Dr Bear) 1578945732.0
.@JoeBiden will come for Donald Trump's malarkey, each and every time. #nhpolitics #TeamJoe https://t.co/YinBVKftZ0— Meira Bernstein (@Meira Bernstein) 1578940058.0
President Trump, how far will go in your lies??!! Because of your jealousy and envy of President Obama, you sought… https://t.co/cGmCROhexe— The African (@The African) 1578942332.0
Healthcare is already a central part of each party's platform, with Trump rallying to repeal it, some Democratic candidates hoping to maintain the ACA, and other candidates pushing for a healthcare system that allows all Americans to receive medical care.