Fact Check: Lindsey Graham Poses a Threat to Protections for People with Pre-Existing Conditions

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Columbia, S.C. — Despite his attempt to mislead South Carolina voters on his abysmal healthcare record at tonight’s forum, Sen. Lindsey Graham is actively threatening protections for people with pre-existing conditions:

  • Sen. Graham spearheaded legislation, “Graham-Cassidy,” that would have cut health insurance for 21 million Americans and could have allowed insurance companies to raise premiums on patients with pre-existing conditions once again.
  • Sen. Graham has promised to repeal the ACA if he has enough support in Congress — even without a guarantee of a plan to replace its protections for pre-existing conditions.
  • Sen. Graham has stood by — even in the face of COVID-19, which itself could be considered a pre-existing condition — as a Republican-backed lawsuit to strike down the ACA marches forward.
  • Just last week, Sen. Graham skipped a vote to defend the ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
  • Sen. Graham has consistently sought to repeal the Affordable Care Act — the only national law that protects people with pre-existing conditions from being denied health coverage or discriminated against by insurance companies

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