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‘Let me finish my question, sir’: Professor faces Trump on healthcare at election town hall

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ABC News hosted a town hall for undecided voters in Philadelphia Tuesday night.

Voters, President Trump, and moderator George Stephanopoulos discussed a variety of topics including the event, including the COVID-19 pandemic, police reform, and the economy. Fact-checkers noted that Trump made a lot of misleading statements during the town hall, and some the most egregious were on the life-or-death issue of healthcare.

One of the most poignant moments during the town hall was a question from Ellesia Blaque, an assistant professor with sarcoidosis.

“Mr. President, I was born with a disease called sarcoidosis, and from the day I was born, I was considered uninsurable,” Blaque said. “That disease started in my skin, moved to my eyes, into my optic nerves, and when I went to graduate school, into my brain. … With copays, I’m still paying almost $7,000 a year in addition to the copay.”

“Should preexisting conditions ― which Obamacare brought into ― brought to fruition ― be removed…”

“No,” Trump brazenly interrupted the woman, mid-sentence.”Please stop and let me finish my question, sir,” Blaque said confidently. “Should that be removed, within a 36- to 72-hour period, without my medication, I will be dead.” “You’ve been trying to strike down pre-existing conditions.” […]

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