RELEASE: 3 Weeks Before Election Day, New CAPAF Analysis Names 3 Dozen Worst Members of Congress for Pre-Existing Conditions
Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress Action Fund released a new analysis tabulating the number of times individual members of Congress have voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and its protections for people with pre-existing conditions and disabilities—without a replacement that would sufficiently prevent individuals from being charged more based on health, gender, or disability status, guaranteed that their plan would cover pre-existing conditions, or denied coverage altogether. The analysis finds that:
- 58 Republican members of Congress voted multiple times to repeal protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
- 32 Republican members of Congress voted six or more times to repeal protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
- 24 Republican members of Congress voted nine times to repeal protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
The analysis comes as ThinkProgress reports, “Some conservatives are now trying to convince voters they’ll fight for parts of the ACA, running campaign ads that pledge to protect people with pre-existing conditions and introducing toothless measures that say as much. … [A]t least 36 of the 73 vulnerable House Republicans are doing this. All but four of them voted at least once to eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions.”
|District||GOP incumbent||Cook rating||Number of nonelderly residents w/ pre-ex in CD||Total votes to repeal|
|WA-05||McMorris Rodgers||Lean R||283,500||9|
|WA-03||Herrera Beutler||Lean R||292,600||7|
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