Democrats pounced on President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE’s announcement Friday that he may sign an executive order to require that health insurers cover all preexisting conditions, claiming that the president is trying to run under accomplishments from the Obama administration.
Critical lawmakers were quick to point out that such protections for preexisting conditions were already implemented under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Obama administration’s signature health care law that Trump and Republicans are currently trying to repeal.
“This already exists. It’s called the Affordable Care Act and you are trying to overturn it,” tweeted Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan Omar‘This already exists’: Democrats seize on potential Trump executive order on preexisting conditions Minneapolis Star Tribune endorses Ilhan Omar’s primary challenger Tlaib wins Michigan Democratic primary MORE (D-Minn.), a progressive and vocal critic of the White House.
This already exists. It’s called the Affordable Care Act and you are trying to overturn it. https://t.co/w1VNgafzT7
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) August 8, 2020
Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) called the potential executive a “toothless gimmick,” and Rep. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellLawmakers urge administration to remove tariffs on European wine and spirits amid coronavirus pandemic The Hill’s Campaign Report: Florida’s coronavirus surge raises questions about GOP convention New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell wins Democratic primary MORE (D-N.J.) said the announcement is proof the GOP does not care about Americans’ health.
Preexisting conditions are currently covered under the Affordable Care Act, which Trump is suing to have struck down.
His executive order is a toothless gimmick. https://t.co/qptLkAfWah
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) August 8, 2020
“Reminder: trump and barr are in court *right now* trying to destroy the ACA which already protects people with preexisting conditions. For years republicans have tried to gut the ACA and weaken protections because they don’t give a damn about you or your health,” Pascrell tweeted.
Reminder: trump and barr are in court *right now* trying to destroy the ACA which already protects people with preexisting conditions.
For years republicans have tried to gut the ACA and weaken protections because they don’t give a damn about you or your health. https://t.co/k3amwcl36j
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) August 8, 2020
Some lawmakers also mocked Republicans’ praise of Trump, underscoring that the executive order would not include anything that isn’t already law.
“HUUUUGE NEWS @realDonaldTrump announces Executive Order to ensure that Americans observe the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25. Dubs it ‘Christmas.’ MAJOR!” tweeted Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael…