President Trump said tonight he will "strongly" protect people with preexisting conditions. He does not have a plan to do this and didn't describe one tonight.
GUTHRIE: In point of fact, your administration is about to go to the Supreme Court to argue to throw out the rest of Obamacare.

TRUMP: That's right.

GUTHRIE: Which includes the protections for preexisting conditions.

TRUMP: That's right. That's right.
Trump: "In order to replace it with a much better health care at a much lower price and always, under all circumstances, we ... will protect people with preexisting conditions."

At no point has POTUS offered a plan to do this.
The 2017 health care bills Trump backed, and the executive actions he has taken, would lower costs for healthier people and raise them for sick people, while weakening protections for preexisting conditions. To the extent that there exists a GOP health care position, this is it.

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