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Four Pinocchios: Vulnerable Senators Mislead on Their Votes to Eliminate Pre-Existing Condition Protections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 15, 2020
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"It’s a classic case of buyer beware: Look under the hood of what Daines, Gardner and McSally are selling, and you’ll find a car without an engine."

Washington, DC  Evergreen reminder: When Steve Daines, Cory Gardner, Martha McSally, and other vulnerable senators tell you they will protect people with pre-existing conditions, they are not telling the truth. Period.

Washington Post: GOP senators in close races mislead on preexisting conditions
By Salvador Rizzo
July 15, 2020

  • "Just like President Trump, these Republican senators say they support coverage guarantees for patients with preexisting health conditions. And just like Trump, their records show the opposite."
  • "The president’s doublespeak — voicing support for these protections while asking the Supreme Court to strike them down — is spreading into some battleground Senate races this year."
  • "It’s a classic case of buyer beware: Look under the hood of what Daines, Gardner and McSally are selling, and you’ll find a car without an engine."
  • "Republicans for a decade have tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature health-care legislation."
  • "Now, about 20 million people covered through the ACA could lose their health insurance if the Supreme Court strikes down the law, among many other consequences bearing directly on the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic."
  • "We asked the Daines, Gardner and McSally campaigns whether the senators support or oppose the GOP lawsuit at the Supreme Court and how they would address affordability issues for patients with preexisting conditions if the ACA falls. None of their campaigns responded to our questions."
  • "Daines voted to repeal the ACA in 2013 and has supported efforts to repeal and replace the law more recently during the Trump administration."
  • "Gardner has been voting to repeal, defund or replace the ACA since 2011, the year after its passage. This year, his campaign website says nothing about the law, but his official Senate website says, 'Fixing our healthcare system will require repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with patient-centered solutions, which empower Americans and their doctors.'"
  • "In 2015, McSally voted to repeal the ACA when she served in the House. In 2017, she voted to replace the ACA with the American Health Care Act, which would have allowed insurers to charge higher premiums to patients with complicated medical histories."
  • "Voters deserve straight answers when their health care is on the line, especially in the middle of a deadly pandemic. Daines, Gardner and McSally have voted to end the Affordable Care Act. People with preexisting conditions would have been left exposed because of those votes; insurers could have denied coverage or jacked up prices for sick patients."
  • "Four Pinocchios all around."


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