White House aide: ‘Pre-existing conditions continue to be covered’ under ObamaCare repeal bill


White House legislative affairs director Marc Short stressed on Sunday that the GOP’s latest ObamaCare repeal effort includes coverage for pre-existing conditions.

“The ObamaCare legislation required coverage of pre-existing conditions. This legislation does not change that,” Short said on CBS’s “Face The Nation.”

“So pre-existing conditions continue to be covered,” he said.

{mosads}Short said the current health-care system is not working and is unsustainable.

“We guarantee pre-existing conditions continue to be covered,” he said. “There is also an ability for states to apply for a waiver, but in that, it’s conditional on them showing how they will continue to make pre-existing conditions covered on an affordable basis.”

Federal dollars would also be provided to help states to do that, he added.

“But nobody can deny that costs right now are going through the roof,” he said.

During a separate interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Short also insisted the new GOP bill protects those with pre-existing conditions.

“Pre-existing conditions are protected in this legislation,” he said.

The new ObamaCare repeal bill gives states a way to repeal protections for people with pre-existing conditions, a controversial move that opponents of the bill are denouncing.

President Trump last week tweeted that the health-care bill includes coverage of pre-existing conditions.

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

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