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Democrats Use Misleading Pre-existing Conditions Estimates

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Democrats have hyped the number of people with pre-existing conditions that might be affected by healthcare proposals, according to The Washington Post. (Jpldesigns/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Tuesday, 30 October 2018 10:00 AM

Democrats have been hyping up the estimates of people with pre-existing conditions in order to press the issue of how many U.S. citizens would be affected by the House GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, The Washington Post reported this week.

Various tweets and statements have been released, citing figures that appear to be blown out of context.

Both Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (Pa.) and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), two Democrats basing their Senate campaigns upon the House plan called the American Health Care Act, posted tweets about the issue. However, The Washington Post noted that, while Obamacare was limited to the individual market with 22 million individual and small-business policies sold on the exchanges or directly to consumers, the figures included in these tweets referred to the entire insurance market, which included employer-based insurance.

Sinema cited 2.8 million Arizonans with pre-existing conditions, and Casey cited 5.3 million Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions. According to a report issued Oct. 24 by Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, those with pre-existing conditions in the individual market number as many as 195,000 people in Arizona and as many as 399,000 people in Pennsylvania.

Spokespeople for both representatives said the numbers in the tweets came from a Center for American Progress (CAP) news release dating back to last year.

However, data from both the CAP and The House Oversight Democratic reports are subject to interpretation.

Democratic-leaning super PAC, American Bridge, launched into a twitter attack against Republican Missouri attorney general Josh Hawley, also citing a statewide number that relied upon the loosely interpreted data from the CAP study, the Post noted.

Hawley is part of an effort by 20 states to repeal the healthcare law because the mandate to buy insurance is suspended by the president's tax bill, The Washington Post reported.

Amelia Penniman, a spokeswoman for American Bridge, noted that the CAP figure was cited because it encompassed a broader range in the market than the House Democratic report.

The Post gave a rating of four pinnochios to the Democrats' ads on number of people affected by AHCA and two pinnochios for claims related to the lawsuit, which could potentially affect more people.

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Democrats have been hyping up the estimates of people with pre-existing conditions in order to press the issue of how many U.S. citizens would be affected by the House GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, The Washington Post reported this week.
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