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Scarborough tears into GOP candidates promising protections for pre-existing conditions: ‘They’re all lying’

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MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Wednesday ripped Republican lawmakers for promising voters that they will fight to ensure protections for pre-existing conditions, saying “they’re all lying.”

Scarborough made the comments on “Morning Joe” after a montage of clips showed several GOP candidates saying that they support health-care protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

{mosads}“Oh my God, they’re all lying,” Scarborough said. “Let’s just start with [GOP Gov.] Rick Scott in Florida. … Did you know that he’s in charge, at the head of a lawsuit to do what? He’s suing to make sure that insurance companies do not have to cover pre-existing conditions.”

Scarborough added that many other Republicans are “also are either suing to make sure that insurance companies don’t have to support pre-existing conditions, or they voted in Congress to make sure that insurance companies don’t have to pay for pre-existing conditions.” 

“They’re all lying through their teeth,” he concluded. 

The comments come as Republican candidates make health-care protections a key part of their messaging to voters as the midterm elections near. 

Scott has repeatedly defended his record on health and says that state Attorney General Pam Bondi (R) joined a lawsuit against ObamaCare protections without his input.

“I have always supported protecting people with pre-existing conditions,” Scott, who is running for the Senate, said in a statement released earlier this week. “For Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and his boss Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to say otherwise isn’t just deceptive, it’s completely made up.”

But Democrats and media figures such as Scarborough have taken issue with this strategy, with many noting the multi-state lawsuit that is seeking to overturn ObamaCare. 

But Democrats and media figures such as Scarborough have taken issue with the strategy, noting how there is currently a multi-state lawsuit that is seeking to overturn ObamaCare. 

ObamaCare banned insurance companies from charging individuals with preexisting conditions more or denying them coverage.

Many Democratic candidates have tied Republicans to the lawsuit and have also slammed lawmakers who voted to repeal ObamaCare. 

President Trump tweeted last week that “all Republicans support people with pre-existing conditions” and that Democrats will “destroy” Medicare.

Matt House, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) quickly responded, asking, “Did he drop his lawsuit to eliminate protections for those with pre-existing conditions and just not tell anybody?” 

—Updated at 3:25 p.m.

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