FACT CHECK: Trump’s Op-Ed Is Literally Full of False Claims. Here’s The Worst Five
October 10, 2018
Today Trump penned an op-ed filled with lies to try to cover up and distract from his own disastrous health care agenda. Here’s the worst five:
- TRUMP’s LIE: “As a candidate, I promised that we would protect coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions and create new health care insurance options that would lower premiums. I have kept that promise.”
FACT: The Trump administration joined a lawsuit brought by Republican attorneys general aimed at striking down parts of the Affordable Care Act, including protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
Associated Press Fact Check:“President Donald Trump isn’t playing it straight when it comes to his campaign pledge not to undercut health coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions. Five weeks before midterm elections, he is telling voters that those provisions ‘are safe,’ even as his Justice Department is arguing in court that those protections in the Affordable Care Act should fall.”
FACT: The short-term junk insurance plans Trump is promoting do not guarantee coverage to people with pre-existing conditions
Associated Press Fact Check: “The short-term health plans Trump often promotes as a bargain alternative to ‘Obamacare’ offer no guarantee of covering pre-existing conditions.”
2. TRUMP’S LIE: “I promised that we would protect coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions and create new health care insurance options that would lower premiums. I have kept that promise, and we are now seeing health insurance premiums coming down.”
FACT: The CBO projected that Trump’s association and short-term insurance plans will cause premiums to increase in the ACA individual market.
FactCheck.org: “The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office expects healthier individuals to join those association and short-term plans, which would then increase premiums for those remaining in the individual and small-group markets. CBO said in a May report that it expects premiums in those markets to increase by an estimated 2 percent to 3 percent ‘in most years’ due to these measures.”
FACT: Affordable Care Act premiums have stabilized because of how the law was designed, after Trump’s sabotage caused premiums to spike last year.
Associated Press Fact Check: “Experts told AP the stabilizing costs are mainly due to the design of subsidies baked into former President Barack Obama’s health care law and growing confidence among health insurers who’ve learned to adapt to turbulence.”
Associated Press Fact Check: “A major factor behind last year’s spike in premiums was Trump’s abrupt cancellation of a separate major stream of payments to insurers.”
3. TRUMP’s LIE: “I also made a solemn promise to our great seniors to protect Medicare. That is why I am fighting so hard against the Democrats’ plan that would eviscerate Medicare.”
FACT: The financial outlook for Medicare has worsened under Trump.
New York Times: “First, not only has Mr. Trump failed to strengthen Medicare and Social Security, the financial outlook for both trusts has largely worsened… In June, the government projected that Medicare funds would be depleted by 2026, three years earlier than estimated in 2017. The report noted that less money will flow into the fund because of low wages and lower taxes.”
FACT: Democrats have staunchly defended Medicare, and none of the health care proposals from Democrats would reduce Medicare benefits.
PolitiFact: “Democrats have staunchly defended Medicare for decades. The Democratic party platform calls Medicare ‘an unbreakable commitment to American workers.’”
New York Times: “Nothing in ‘Medicare for all’ bills in the Senate or the House would reduce benefits or cut dollars from the program; in fact, current beneficiaries would receive more coverage for lower costs.”
4. TRUMP’S LIE: “Democrats have already harmed seniors by slashing Medicare by more than $800 billion over 10 years to pay for Obamacare.”
FACT: The Affordable Care Act bent the Medicare cost curve while expanding coverage for beneficiaries.
Washington Post: “The ACA cut long-term Medicare spending at least $700 billion — by cutting payments to providers while expanding coverage for recipients.”
FACT: Trump has proposed billions of dollars in Medicare cuts.
Bloomberg: “The document says that the budget will propose cutting spending on Medicare, the health program for the elderly and disabled, by $237 billion but doesn’t specify other mandatory programs that would face reductions, a category that also includes Social Security, Medicaid, food stamps, welfare and agricultural subsidies.”
5. TRUMP’S LIE: “Republicans believe that a Medicare program that was created for seniors and paid for by seniors their entire lives should always be protected and preserved.”
FACT: Congressional Republicans’ 2019 budget proposed huge cuts to Medicare.
The Hill: “House Republicans offered a budget proposal on Tuesday that would cut mandatory spending by $5.4 trillion over a decade, including $537 billion in cuts to Medicare and $1.5 trillion in cuts to Medicaid and other health programs.”
FACT: Republicans plan to cut Medicare in order to reduce the massive deficit created by Trump’s tax breaks for the wealthy and big corporations.
CNBC: “A top Republican urges Medicare, Social Security reform as deficits surge following the GOP tax cut”
Washington Post: “House Republicans released a proposal Tuesday that would balance the budget in nine years — but only by making large cuts to entitlement programs, including Medicare, that President Trump vowed not to touch…. Although the nation’s growing indebtedness has been exacerbated by the GOP’s own policy decisions — including the new tax law, which most analyses say will add at least $1 trillion to the debt — Republicans on the Budget Committee said they felt a responsibility to put the nation on a sounder fiscal trajectory.”