Some GOP health care pledges moot; we delete them
Posted by Molly Moorhead :: Published on Monday, November 12th, 2012 at 05:33 p.m.
As we finish rating the 2010 campaign promises made by House Republicans on our GOP Pledge-O-Meter, we’ve determined that a few of them don’t fall anywhere along our scale of Promise Broken to Promise Kept.
Some health care pledges made by Republicans were conditional upon repealing the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. House GOP members opposed the law but liked some provisions and promised to enact legislation keeping them in effect. They were:
• Ensuring access to insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions
• Expanding state high-risk pools and reducing the cost of health coverage
• Eliminating annual and lifetime spending caps by insurance companies
• Giving states incentives to develop innovative programs that lower premiums and reduce the number of uninsured Americans
The House voted nearly three dozen times to repeal Obamacare, to no avail. We've rated the repeal effort aPromise Broken. And because of that law, patients with pre-existing conditions can get insurance, and annual spending caps by insurance companies are a thing of the past.
So what to do with these GOP pledges that are effectively moot? We’ve decided to simply delete them from our database. But fear not, scorekeepers! All these promises were Not Yet Rated, so deleting them doesn’t affect the GOP’s success record on the Pledge-O-Meter. And if you’re curious to know more about the individual promises, check the Obameter’s section on health care. Each one is addressed there.
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