Clarke Tucker tells personal cancer story in new ad, promises to stand up to anyone in Congress "who tries to take your health insurance" | Arkansas Blog

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Clarke Tucker tells personal cancer story in new ad, promises to stand up to anyone in Congress "who tries to take your health insurance"

Posted By on Sun, Apr 29, 2018 at 6:06 PM


State Rep. Clarke Tucker, running for the Second Congressional District, will begin airing a new advertisement tomorrow (see above). It begins with his own story as a cancer survivor, then moves briskly to his bipartisan bona fides and a dig at U.S. Rep. French Hill, the Republican incumbent Tucker hopes to challenge in November.

"In Congress, I'll stand up to anyone who tries to take your health insurance," Tucker says. "And we'll work to finally bring costs down. Health care is a right."

While he doesn't name him, this is a clear shot across the bow at the incumbent. Hill voted for a House bill that would have completely phased out the Medicaid expansion that currently covers more than 200,000 Arkansans; increased the premiums that poorer and older Arkansans would have to pay for plans on the health care exchange; dramatically increased the co-pays and deductibles faced by low-income Arkansans; and enacted hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts to the state's traditional Medicaid program (the program that existed prior to the ACA expansion, covering the elderly in nursing homes, low-income children, very poor parents, the blind, the disabled, and other vulnerable populations).

Polling has suggested that Hill may be vulnerable on this vote in what could be a close race.

In closing, Tucker says, "No child should miss Mom and Dad when Congress won't do its job."

Before he can challenge Hill, Tucker has to come out on top in the Democratic primary next month. Tucker is the favorite in a crowded field, facing off against teacher and activist Paul Spencer, teacher and activist Gwen Combs, and Jonathan Dunkley, a project manager at the Clinton School of Public Service.

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