Vox: Why Trump’s attacks on preexisting conditions are an attack on women



Vox: Why Trump’s attacks on preexisting conditions are an attack on women


By Dylan Scott


As much as any other issue, women’s health will be on the ballot in the 2018 midterm elections.


It’s almost hard to remember now, but in the days before the Affordable Care Act was in place, health insurance companies routinely charged women in America more than men. Some women were deemed uninsurable because they had preexisting conditions like pregnancy or a breast cancer diagnosis. Now Obamacare makes that illegal — but Donald Trump’s election endangered those protections.


First, Republicans tried to repeal Obamacare. Perhaps because they had more at stake, women were much more worried than men that the GOP’s health care plans would leave them worse off than they are now. But though Republicans have given up on repealing Obamacare (for now), the Trump administration has recently argued against the law in ongoing litigation that could make it all the way to the Supreme Court.


Given the high-profile debate over health care, the stakes for women, and their documented concerns about the GOP’s agenda, it doesn’t seem like a coincidence that more women are running and winning in Democratic primaries than ever before.


And based on the polling we have, if Democrats take back the House in November, they will have women voters — and their commitment to preserving Obamacare’s protections for preexisting conditions — to thank.