IN THE NEWS: Fact checkers make clear Rep. Braun has no health care plan for Hoosiers with pre-existing conditions beyond $10,000 deductibles
More Hoosiers found out this week that Rep. Braun’s health care plan is simply to lie to Hoosiers, as non-partisan fact checkers from WRTV in Indianapolis and PolitiFact both sided against him.
WRTV revisited an earlier fact check on Monday and apologized after it “took the word of” Rep. Braun. While Rep. Braun claimed he had a plan to address pre-existing conditions, after waiting two weeks and receiving no concrete plan from the Braun campaign, the station was forced to conclude his insistence that he supports pre-existing conditions is a lie. Rep. Braun’s actual plan is the one he offers his employees, which features unaffordable $10,000 deductibles. Meanwhile, Politifact revisited Joe’s claims about Rep. Braun’s health care plan and found his remarks about the sky-high deductibles held up.
Incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly painted himself as a guardian of health insurance and Republican opponent Mike Braun as its main threat during their first debate.
"I was the final vote to save health care," Donnelly said of his opposition to the so-called skinny repeal of the Affordable Care Act. "At (Braun’s) company, the deductible on his health care if $10,000, which is completely unaffordable. He has every time tried to take away pre-existing conditions coverage and supports the lawsuit today that would do that."
We rated Mostly True an earlier claim from Donnelly that Braun supported ending coverage for pre-existing conditions. But when it comes to his business, Meyer Distributing, does Braun charge $10,000 deductibles?
Meyer Distributing is an auto parts distribution company. According to Braun’s campaign, the company had 452 employees in Indiana as of April. The majority make between $10 and $17 an hour.
The employee benefits enrollment guide from 2018 confirms family deductibles are $10,000, and $5,000 for individuals. The health plan is valid from March 1, 2018, to Feb. 28, 2019. We were unable to find any other health plans offered, and the Braun campaign did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Meyer offers a high-deductible health plan. That means that health care costs are absorbed by the employee until they reach that set limit (of $5,000 or $10,000).
Donnelly said, "At (Braun’s) company, the deductible on his health care is $10,000."
The high-deductible health plan Braun offered full-time employees in 2018 had deductibles of $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for families.
We rate this statement Mostly True.