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DCCC Ad Reminds Voters that Republicans Will “Never Stop” Attacking Access to Affordable Healthcare

Immediately following the Administration’s unprecedented decision to declare protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions unconstitutional, Chairman Ben Ray Luján announced a five-figure digital advertising blitz to warn voters in 20 Congressional Districts that access to affordable healthcare is at risk as long as Republicans control Congress. The ads will run on Facebook starting this week.

With its legal filing on Thursday evening, Republicans said that key parts of the Affordable Care Act should be invalidated and that the Department of Justice would no longer defend two central consumer protection provisions in the ACA against a Republican-led lawsuit. Put simply, this seriously threatens ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions like asthma, cancer and diabetes.

“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, House 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 pre-existing conditions.

The Committee’s investment builds on efforts over the last year and a half that have set the stage for the healthcare debate between Democrats and Republicans during the 2018 midterm elections. The latest national DCCC polling from May 2018 – conducted by GQR – confirms that Democrats have maintained a significant advantage with registered voters when it comes to which party they trust on the issue of healthcare. Congressional Democrats lead Congressional Republicans by 15 points (57-42%) and lead Trump by 16 points (57-41%).

Districts &
Number of Individuals (non-elderly) With Pre-existing Conditions in Those Districts:

  1. AR-02307,200
  2. CA-10311,200
  3. CA-21291,100
  4. CA-25310,000
  5. IA-01318,300
  6. IA-03343,000
  7. IL-06322,200
  8. IL-13290,800
  9. IN-02296,800
  10. KY-06315,300
  11. NC-13299,700
  12. NJ-03307,100
  13. NJ-07331,800
  14. OH-01 – 306,400
  15. OH-10293,600
  16. PA-01*5,329,500 (statewide)
  17. PA-17*5,329,500 (statewide)
  18. TX-07339,600
  19. TX-23 302,500
  20. TX-32324,300

*Data according to Center for American Progress

Click HERE to watch the ad “Never Stop.”

They’ll…never…stop. Paul Ryan and Washington’s Establishment Republicans.

Catering to drug companies and special interests. Coming after your health care.

Increasing your out-of-pocket costs. A devastating Age Tax if you’re fifty or older.  Ending guaranteed coverage for preexisting conditions.

Paul Ryan and the Washington Republicans. They’ll never change their ways. So the rest of us have to change our Congress.

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