MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — President Donald Trump is telling millions of his Twitter followers that he “saved” patients with pre-existing conditions from being denied insurance coverage.

He is also suggesting he is responsible for getting pre-existing condition laws passed, and saving them from getting repealed.

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He made this claim as recently as Tuesday, at a campaign rally in Wisconsin.

“They want to take away your private health insurance,” Trump said. “We will protect patients with pre-existing conditions like nobody else, and we will protect your pre-existing physicians, which you’ve had to get rid of.”

The president on Twitter this week also said, “I was the person who saved Pre-Existing Conditions in your Healthcare, you have it now.” He also wrote, “I will always protect your Pre-Existing Conditions, the Dems will not!”

In fact, before the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies did not always cover patients with pre-existing conditions. Now, they are required by law to do so.

A short list includes epilepsy, cancer, diabetes, sleep apnea, pregnancy and childbirth.

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At Reality Check, when we fact check these claims, we always try to allow for political rhetoric. But what’s odd about this claim from the president that he saved pre-existing conditions for sick people? The available evidence shows exactly the opposite.

Candidate Trump repeatedly promised to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, but it never happened, despite having a Republican House and Senate for two years.

He signed a law eliminating the unpopular “individual mandate” to penalize people who don’t buy insurance.

And the White House supports a lawsuit seeking to declare the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, eliminating coverage for pre-existing conditions.

President Trump is right about some Democrats and private insurance. “Medicare For All” would take away private health insurance from 140 million Americans, and replace private insurance with a government-administered health plan. But the authors say it would not abolish coverage for any pre-existing conditions.

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Meanwhile, President Trump says he will propose a health care plan to replace Obamacare — after the 2020 election.