Truth Test: Pro-Biden ad hits Trump Administration on healthcare policy

Truth Test: Pro-Biden ad hits Trump Administration on healthcare policy

ORLANDO, Fla. — Healthcare was a key issue in 2018 and will be the cornerstone of a case before the United States Supreme Court next month.

A new ad in support of Joe Biden from democratic PAC Priorities USA focuses on healthcare, specifically the Affordable Care Act.

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The ad opens with a clip of the president: “We want to terminate Healthcare.”

The clip is from May, when the president was asked about the pending Supreme Court case that could strike down the Affordable Care Act.

In a longer version of that answer, the president says he wants to eliminate the ACA and replace it with something better, but doesn’t say what that is.

Then the ad brings up the court case, and President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

“Trump is pushing through a Supreme Court Justice who could vote to strike down the law,” the ad continues.

UCF Political Science Professor Dr. John Hanley says connecting Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the election is a bit of a stretch as the ACA case will go before the court after Barrett’s confirmation and before a new president can be sworn in.

“Voters are not going to be voting on the Coney Barrett appointment to the Supreme Court.”

The ad closes with a warning: 133 million people with pre-existing conditions could lose their healthcare."

That figure is very much on the highest end of projections.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services puts that number between 50 and 120 million.

Overall, we rate this ad half-true. The President does want to eliminate the Affordable Care Act and does not have a replacement, but the estimations of impact are overblown and the connection to the court may end up being inconsequential.