Trump campaign thought their ‘huge news’ on pre-existing conditions had Democrats cornered — but it backfired spectacularly
During a bizarre Friday evening press conference at his private golf club in New Jersey, President Donald Trump vowed to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions.
President @realDonaldTrump is pursuing a major executive order requiring health insurance companies to cover all pr… https://t.co/t6FnNgmQc4— The White House (@The White House)1596848048.0
Of course, Trump does not need an executive order to accomplish such a goal, as it is already federal law in the Affordable Care Act, that was passed a decade ago by congressional Democrats and then-President Barack Obama.
Trump campaign advisors soon took to Twitter to praise Trump's promise as "huge news."
"Huge news just now - [Trump] announces upcoming EO to cover pre-existing conditions. Big, big, big news," campaign senior advisor Jason Miller tweeted.
Campaign advisor Boris Epshteyn believed it was such "HUGE NEWS" that he tweeted it between to flashing red sirens.
There was just one problem, which was pointed out by trial lawyer Max Kennerly, who pointed out it conflicted with a brief the administration recently filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.
@BorisEP @realDonaldTrump This was six weeks ago. Is @realDonaldTrump going to instruct the Solicitor General to wi… https://t.co/hQK6gnks2P— Max Kennerly (@Max Kennerly)1596848574.0
Here's what others were saying:
Trump has no shame. Tonight, he’s promising an executive order to protect people with pre-existing conditions when… https://t.co/grFQMkR0ej— Rep. Frank Pallone (@Rep. Frank Pallone)1596846908.0
Not to be forgotten: Trump is actively supporting the Republican AG-led lawsuit now at SCOTUS that asked for the… https://t.co/TqjquZMVx7— BRANDON ⚖️ (@BRANDON ⚖️)1596847172.0
Trump claims he'll issue an executive order to do what the Affeodable Care Act already does: require health insuran… https://t.co/kdtNcVjJpE— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin)1596845103.0
#Trump claims he’ll be “pursuing a major executive order” requiring health insurance providers to cover preexisting… https://t.co/Kfc6RpnL9R— Michael Holmes (@Michael Holmes)1596845863.0
The President must be kidding with this “executive order.” (1) Pre-existing conditions are *already* covered by la… https://t.co/AdxfI0f6ja— Elie Honig (@Elie Honig)1596850380.0
HUGE NEWS from Bedminster, New Jersey: Donald Trump has promised to repeal Obamacare and replace it with the Afford… https://t.co/MjmzCUCISw— Trump Interpreter (@Trump Interpreter)1596848671.0
Just like Trump claims credit for Veteran’s Choice, and for Obama’s economy, he’s now going to claim credit for the… https://t.co/RZhTEZkfhL— John Aravosis 🇺🇸🇬🇷🏳️🌈 (@John Aravosis 🇺🇸🇬🇷🏳️🌈)1596849796.0
📣 ANY reporter/media outlet which reports/tweets about Trump's XO "ordering" insurance companies to "cover pre-exis… https://t.co/BNqWW61dSB— Charles Gaba (@Charles Gaba)1596848169.0
Apparently, Obamacare (which was passed by Congress and signed by a President) is a huge overreach But an executiv… https://t.co/Kj84SfF8S8— Chris Lu (@Chris Lu)1596847478.0
TRUMP: "I'll be pursuing a major executive order requiring health insurance companies to cover all pre-existing con… https://t.co/VAW8KMTcKz— Ryan Struyk (@Ryan Struyk)1596844894.0
Trump is also going to sign an Executive Order giving women the right to vote. HUGE NEWS. Next week he’s going to… https://t.co/FxR2xBQzpu— LiA (@LiA)1596846283.0