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Don’t believe Trump when he says it’s a “priority” to protect Americans with preexisting conditions

President Trump used his State of the Union address to lay out a seemingly straightforward health care agenda. He described two major priorities: to lower drug prices and “to protect patients with preexisting conditions.”

What Trump didn’t say: His administration thinks the Affordable Care Act’s protections for preexisting conditions are illegal and ought to be ruled unconstitutional.

The Affordable Care Act bars health insurance plans from discriminating against Americans with preexisting conditions.  Insurers are required to provide coverage to all patients at an equal price, without asking for information about their medical history.