Trump Official Says Diabetes a Preexisting Condition Not Worthy of Coverage
Mick Mulvaney, OMB director, is the latest Republican official whose rhetoric in support of the AHCA has drawn condemnation.
Editor’s Note – 5/18/2017 – Since this article was published, we have found video with the full quote from Director Mulvaney. It is somewhat different than the condensed quote attributed to him by the Washington Examiner. You can read the full quote here: http://insulinnation.com/living/trumps-omb-director-wasnt-alone-in-denigrating-diabetes/
Republicans have continued to struggle with their messaging in defense of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), particularly when it comes to the provisions of the legislation that weakens protections for people with preexisting conditions.
Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget for the Trump administration, was the latest to utter a remark quickly deemed insensitive to people with preexisting conditions, and he managed to use the “D” word while doing so.
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According to a report in the Washington Examiner, Mr. Mulvaney attempted to differentiate between preexisting conditions which deserve coverage and those which don’t. While doing so, he is reported to have said, “That doesn’t mean we should take care of the person who sits at home, eats poorly and gets diabetes. Is that the same thing as Jimmy Kimmel’s kid? I don’t think that it is.”
His statement was quickly condemned by many in the diabetes community, including the American Diabetes Association. The ADA put out a statement saying i Continue reading