Trump defends GOP on healthcare

President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to flip the script on healthcare, according to The Hill.

On Oct. 24 he tweeted, "Republicans will totally protect people with Pre-Existing Conditions, Democrats will not! Vote Republican." This comes after another one of his tweets last week that said Republicans support protecting people with pre-existing conditions, "and if they don't, they will after I speak to them," according to the report.

President Trump is reacting to Democrat campaigns that frame healthcare as a defining difference between the parties, particularly protecting health insurance coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. Many Republican incumbents have voted to repeal the ACA, which would have repealed those protections.

Voters from both major parties have indicated that pre-existing condition protections are important to them. In a recent poll from Reuters/Ipsos, 80 percent of voters said they support protections for people with pre-existing conditions and 58 percent said they want the ACA to stay in place.

Republicans could do more to highlight the alternatives to the ACA that would also protect health insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, like high-risk pools, healthcare expert Tom Miller, of the conservative American Enterprise Institute, told The Hill. Instead, many have jumped to saying they support the ACA's protections.

Meanwhile, Democrats across the country are doubling down on their strategy in races from West Virginia to North Dakota, according to the report. Read more here.

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