Trump's plan to protect coverage for pre-existing conditions is 'pixie dust': Health expert
President Donald Trump speaking during a COVID-19 press briefing on September 18, 2020. (Screenshot)

On Thursday, Kaiser Family Foundation health policy vice president Larry Levitt tore into President Donald Trump's new executive order supposedly protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions.

The president has promised that his order, which is mainly symbolic and light on actual policy, will ensure insurers must continue to cover pre-existing conditions. However, he also re-iterated his support for the multi-state lawsuit seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act in its entirety, which the Supreme Court is set to hear a week after the election. If the ACA is struck down, there is no basis for protecting pre-existing conditions absent a new bill from Congress.