As we head into the 2018 midterms, healthcare is the #1 issue that voters care about. And all over the country, Republicans are lying about it.
For years, they have campaigned on “repealing Obamacare.” In Congress, they voted 70 times (SEVENTY TIMES) to repeal the Affordable Care Act, just to show they were serious about running on it in the next election.
And included in those votes was the effort to take away the requirement that insurance companies cover you without checking for pre-existing conditions, AND that they not charge you more because of your pre-existing conditions.
Because in the the Bad Old Days (also known as “before Obamacare”) insurance companies either charged you outrageous premiums to cover you if you had had a health issue that was on their list of pre-existing conditions – or, you couldn’t get insurance at all.
Obamacare changed all that. It required insurance companies to cover you, and it prevented them from selling you “junk” insurance – plans that were cheaper, but didn’t cover anything that mattered.
Republicans hated all of that. They hated the restrictions on insurance companies, they hated protections for pre-existing conditions, and they hated Obamacare.
They still hate it. In fact, Republican attorneys general from over twenty states are currently (as in, right now!) suing to get rid of those protections by declaring the entire bill unconstitutional.
BUT NOW …
Now that the approval of Obamacare is at an all-time high …
And now that healthcare is the #1 issue for most voters …
And now that people LIKE being able to get insurance coverage, even with pre-existing conditions …
Republicans are trying to tell everyone that, why of course, they LOVE Obamacare … and of course, THEY are the ones who will PROTECT your pre-existing condition coverage.
They are lying their asses off.
- Martha McSally, the Republican from Arizona, has been telling people that “I voted to protect pre-existing conditions,” when she voted for the Trumpcare bill that would weaken those protections. Challenged on it, she tried to change the subject.
- Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin has an ad saying pre-existing conditions are covered in Wisconsin, and “as long as I’m governor, they will be.” He repeated the lie in a recent rally with President Trump. And yet, his state is one of the lead plantiffs in the lawsuit to overturn Obamacare.
- As noted by Slate, Missouri Senate candidate Josh Hawley said “I support forcing insurance companies to cover all pre-existing conditions,” in a television ad defending his record from opponent Sen. Claire McCaskill. And yet, as state attorney general, Hawley joined that same lawsuit – a lawsuit that, in fact, specifically argues those provisions have no constitutional basis. (If you want more examples from around the country, go read the Slate article.)
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Kentucky Republicans voted to repeal Obamacare
And what about our own Republican members of Congress? How did they vote on the Trumpcare bill (the AHCA) that would have removed protections for pre-existing conditions?
- Jamie Comer voted for it, and said “today I voted to repeal and replace Obamacare…”
- Andy Barr also voted for it, and said “Since I first ran for Congress, I promised the people of the Sixth District that I would vote to repeal this broken law …”
- Thomas Massie voted AGAINST it, not because he wanted to save our healthcare – but because it didn’t go far enough in getting rid of Obamacare.
- Hal Rogers issued a press release saying “Rogers keeps promise to repeal & replace Obamacare.”
- Brett Guthrie also voted for it, and said he was “proud to work with President Trump” to get rid of Obamacare.
So when President Trump and Republicans start telling you that THEY are the ones who will protect your healthcare, just call out “You lie!” Then remind them what Mitch McConnell said just a week ago: If they have the votes after the midterms, they’re going to go after Obamacare again.
Don’t believe the gaslighting. Believe what they have done, and what they are going to do, and don’t be fooled. President Obama wasn’t fooled; he called it for what it is. You do the same.
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