Democratic ads attack Republican move against health coverage | Arkansas Blog

Monday, June 11, 2018

Democratic ads attack Republican move against health coverage

Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 12:38 PM

Is health care a swing issue in the 2018 elections? Did the Trump administration just give Democrats an opening? The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee thinks so and is about to roll out ads in several districts including the 2nd in Arkansas.

As I noted several days ago, the Trump Justice Department signaled in a federal lawsuit pressed by Republican attorneys general including Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge that it doesn't want to enforce key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, including required insurance coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions.

The DCCC has hopped in.

“House Republicans will stop at nothing to rip away affordable healthcare coverage from their constituents, and we are all at risk as long as they control the House,” said DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján. “After their failure to fully repeal our healthcare, Republicans persisted by gutting key parts of the Affordable Care Act in their tax bill, and are now using that opening to end protections for people with pre-existing conditions like cancer, diabetes and asthma.

Luján continued, “While Democrats work to increase access to affordable health insurance for hardworking Americans, Republicans will never stop attacking affordable care, increasing premiums, and targeting our friends, family and neighbors who need healthcare most.”

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society released a joint statement strongly opposing the attack on people with pre-existing conditions.
Does health care resonate more than Nancy Pelosi, which appears to be Republican Rep. French Hill's key tool against Democratic challenger Clarke Tucker. That and touting the tax cuts for millionaires in legislation that did harm to Medicare.

Ads are being run in several districts nationwide.

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