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Democrat on Trump pre-existing condition claims: 'This is a lie'

Democrat on Trump pre-existing condition claims: 'This is a lie'
© Greg Nash

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDemocrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks Biden decides on pick for secretary of State Overnight Defense: Formal negotiations inch forward on defense bill with Confederate base name language | Senators look to block B UAE arms sales | Trump administration imposes Iran sanctions over human rights abuses MORE (D-Conn.) on Wednesday pushed back against statements by Senate Republicans and President Trump that the latest GOP effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare includes protections for pre-existing conditions.

"This is a lie. A horrible knowing fabrication," Murphy tweeted Wednesday night. "The bill is intentionally constructed to force states to drop this protection."

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His comments came after Trump tweeted he wouldn't sign a health care bill if it didn't include these protections.

"I would not sign Graham-Cassidy if it did not include coverage of pre-existing conditions," Trump tweeted Wednesday night. "It does! A great Bill. Repeal & Replace."

The Senate could vote on the latest ObamaCare repeal-and-replace plan next week.

The proposal, sponsored by Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamFeinstein to step down as top Democrat on Judiciary Committee Democrats face increasing pressure to back smaller COVID-19 stimulus Media and Hollywood should stop their marching-to-Georgia talk MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyBill CassidyBottom line Loeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus MORE (R-La.), would largely dismantle ObamaCare and convert its funding to block grants that would be delivered to states, which could then spend the funding on their own health needs.

The debate over pre-existing conditions centers on a provision that allows states to waive an ObamaCare rule that prevents people with pre-existing condition from being charged higher premiums due to an illness. Critics of the bill argue that if states waived the rule, coverage could become unaffordable for people with pre-existing conditions.

Cassidy and Graham have pushed back against claims that their bill would hurt people with health problems.

Cassidy says states would have to show how they are providing "adequate and affordable" coverage to people with pre-existing conditions before waiving the ObamaCare rule.