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GOP Rep. Who Lost Both Legs in Combat Goes to House Floor and Reveals Health Care ‘Lies’

Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) put his full support behind the GOP’s American Health Care Act during a scathing House floor speech on Thursday, accusing Democrats of “lying” about the legislation’s provisions on pre-existing conditions.

Walking to the podium on two prosthetic legs, the Army veteran made his case for the AHCA.

“I too am a person with pre-existing conditions. And I believe it’s not just something I should do, it’s a responsibility for me to be the staunchest advocate for people out there who have pre-existing conditions,” Mast said. “And that is why I am such an ardent supporter of this bill.”

Mast argued that every American with a pre-existing condition should ask why they still have coverage as insurance providers continue to drop out of Obamacare.

“Who is it that’s going out there and saying pre-existing conditions won’t be covered? It is the exact same group of people that went out there and lied to the face of every single American, telling them that if they like their plan, they would keep their doctor; if they like their doctor, they would keep their doctor,” Mast added. “That was a bald-faced lie.”

Mast went as far as to allege the “architects” of Obamacare intended to “prey on the American people.”

Politifact ranked the claim that the GOP health care bill keeps coverage for pre-existing conditions “mostly false” using this argument:

The amendment says that health insurers can’t limit access to coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, but that insurers can charge people more if states agree. In some states, health insurers would be able to charge sicker people more. And experts warn that high-risk pools — the mechanisms meant to keep premiums lower for sick people — might not be effective.

Overall, the latest proposal seems to weaken existing protections for people with pre-existing conditions, not strengthen them.

The AHCA passed the House on Thursday with a 217-213 vote. The bill will now go to the Senate.