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No officers were killed during the attack, although one officer, Brian Sicknick of the US Capitol Police, died of a stroke the next day and four others later committed suicide.
As Biden increasingly speaks about the threat to democracy posed by the “MAGA Republicans,” the President often brings up the attack on the Capitol and has made it his mission to tell a story that might give the impression that on this one Day several police officers were killed.
At the Aug. 25 fundraiser in Maryland, Biden recalled attending the G7 summit in England in June 2021 and was concerned about the impression the Capitol attack had on foreign leaders.
Biden, Aug. 25: And one of the things I said — I said, “America is back.” And [French President Emmanuel] Macron looked at me. He said, “How long?” I had to seriously think about it.
What do you think we would say we would think if we walked out of here, walked in and walked through and one of CNN or C-SPAN was on and they showed a picture of several thousand people storming the British Parliament , the doors of the Smash Parliament, go in, ransack the place and kill several cops? what would we think I’m not – I’m dead serious now. What would we think of the state of the world and the state of not just Britain, the state of the world in Europe?
Five days later, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Biden repeated the story about the G7 summit and rioters who “killed several police officers” in an attack on Parliament.
Biden, Aug. 30: And one of them [foreign leader] said to me, “Imagine, Joe, you turned on the television in Washington, DC and saw a mob of a thousand people storming the aisles of Parliament, breaking down the doors, trying to overturn an election result, and several kills police officers in the meantime. Introduce. Imagine what you would think.”
Think about what the world has seen. Not what we saw – what the world saw. Did you ever think that would happen in the United States?
As we said before, police officers were brutally attacked on January 6, 2021, but no police officers were killed that day.
Sicknick — a 13-year Capitol Police veteran — collapsed while returning to his office on Jan. 6, 2021, was rushed to the hospital, and died around 9:30 p.m. Jan. 7, Capitol Police said at the time.
District of Columbia chief medical examiner Francisco J. Diaz said the autopsy showed Sicknick had no internal or external injuries and that he died of a stroke. no murder – although he also said the Washington Post that “everything happened [during the Capitol attack] played a role in his condition.”
Four other police officers committed suicide in the days and months following the riot.
A 51-year-old Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood took his own life three days after the riots and DC Police Officer Jeffrey Smith, 35, killed himself nine days after the riots. In July 2021, two other DC police officers responding to the Capitol on January 6 committed suicide.
For more information on these and other Capitol deaths that day, see our article How Many Died as a Result of Capitol Riot?
ACA and pre-existing conditions
It is true that the Affordable Care Act prohibits insurance plans from charging more or denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions in any insurance market. But Biden exaggerated the ACA’s impact by erroneously saying at the DNC rally on Aug. 25 that “if you don’t have the Affordable Care Act, people … who already have one can’t get insurance.”
Many Americans with pre-existing medical conditions were insured before the ACA.
The impact of the law in this area has been felt most clearly in the individual market, where people without employer-based or government health insurance buy their own insurance. Prior to the ACA, insurance policies could and did in the individual market charge more, exclude certain benefits, and deny insurance to individuals entirely because of their pre-existing medical conditions.
But those with employer-based plans had some protections before the ACA went into effect in 2010. Back then, thanks to HIPAAthe Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act 1996, eEmployer plans could not deny workers insurance or charge them more based on their health status. However, the plans could exclude coverage for a specific medical condition for a limited period – up to a year – if a new worker had an approximately two-month gap in coverage within the year prior to hiring.
We have explained these details before, even as Biden made similar misleading claims about the impact of the ACA’s pre-existing provisions.
About half of the US population had employer-based insurance as of 2020. It’s safe to say that the ACA’s safeguards have become more relevant during the coronavirus pandemic as signups for ACA’s marketplace plans (which are part of the individual marketplace) have increased, and Americans may have gaps in coverage from the pandemic-related economic upheaval. And of course, the protections are reassuring for anyone leaving, losing or taking early retirement from a job and needing to insure outside of the employer-based market.
But Biden is wrong when he flatly claims that people with pre-existing medical conditions “can’t get insurance” without an ACA.
The president also overestimated the impact of the law at the Aug. 25 DNC reception, when he said, “People didn’t realize that the only reason someone with a pre-existing condition could get healthcare was because of the ACA.” He drove continues to say precisely: “So under the ACA you are covered whether you have a pre-existing medical condition or not.”
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