For many Americans, President Donald Trump's stance on healthcare leaves a lot to be desired.
Since before the 2016 election, he's been a vocal advocate for repealing the Affordable Care Act, despite a failure from Republican lawmakers to provide a workable replacement. His 2017 effort to repeal the law failed in the Senate due to a lack of support from a sufficient number of Republicans, most notably the late Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who campaigned against the President who spearheaded the ACA, Barack Obama.
The President frequently claims he's a champion of pre-existing condition protections, but his Justice Department has been fighting their constitutional basis in court.
Trump's poll numbers have plummeted in recent months, with Americans citing his initial dismissal of the threat posed by the virus that's killed over 140 thousand Americans. Trump's administration is currently seeking to cut funding from virus testing even as cases spike across the country.
For these reasons, people were incredulous at a recent claim from Presidential Counselor Kellyanne Conway.
Kellyanne Conway on President Trump: "He's the health-care president." https://t.co/Hnzruu4MUh— The Hill (@The Hill) 1595438570.0
Conway praised the President's record on healthcare:
"He's the healthcare President...What the President's done with vaccines and ventilators, what he's done in delivering kidney health in a very different way. Also, transparency, surprise medical billing, the list goes on and on. I think he's the healthcare President."
Had the President's efforts to repeal the ACA—colloquially known as Obamacare—succeeded, nearly 30 million people would have lost their health insurance. In the face of the pandemic, over five million Americans have lost healthcare they received through their employer.
People found Conway's claim ludicrous—and were quick to correct her.
@thehill Lie. He's actively working to destroy the ACA, eliminate protections for people with preexisting conditio… https://t.co/kj2AstFzfu— Commander T'Pol (Commentary) (@Commander T'Pol (Commentary)) 1595438859.0
@thehill Not. More lies from the chief spinmistress! Trump is doing everything possible to destroy the Affordable… https://t.co/96z8SVDPKg— TRINITYPREZ (@TRINITYPREZ) 1595438906.0
@thehill @KellyAnnPolls He is the bringer of disease and death. From attempting to get rid of the ACA, to making n… https://t.co/UzX1vcdWMb— Nikki H (@Nikki H) 1595439039.0
@thehill The Health-care president???? Spending now almost 4 years trying to destroy ACA, including *now* in the mi… https://t.co/UJtgnU6joQ— Rosemary Walsh (@Rosemary Walsh) 1595438812.0
They found her assertion laughable.
@thehill Give her that: She's hilarious— Frida Ghitis (@Frida Ghitis) 1595438700.0
@thehill 😂😂😂😂 Good one.— Page White (@Page White) 1595439652.0
@thehill Her stand up act is hysterical— Dolores Magro (@Dolores Magro) 1595439758.0
In the midst of the pandemic, the Trump administration is working to repeal the Affordable Care Act through the court system.