Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the Republican House Conference Chair, is in a very, very tight race in her eastern Washington State congressional district. She’s fielding a challenge from Lisa Brown, who isn't just a former state Senate majority leader, but one with healthcare policy experience. So of course McMorris Rodgers is lying about the Affordable Care Act, pre-existing condition protections, and Republican plans.
McMorris Rodgers, who voted nine times to fully repeal the ACA and overturn protections for people with pre-existing conditions, is now telling her constituents how important those protections are for her and her family, including her son with Down syndrome. This somehow hadn't occurred to her the nine times she voted to end them.
In a move that’s as infuriating as it is hilarious, McMorris Rodgers is promising that she and Republicans "will take action" to protect patients if the courts rule against Obamacare. She’s referring to the case that Republicans, including the Trump administration, have brought. Seriously, her president is suing his own administration (that's how nuts this is) to have the protections she calls "fundamental" declared unconstitutional. And she says with a totally straight face that "Protecting those with pre-existing conditions is fundamental to any health care reform for me, and I have made that a priority."
EXCEPT FOR THE NINE TIMES SHE VOTED AGAINST THEM!!!!
"Just give us one more chance," she and all the Republicans running for re-election this year on how much they love those protection are saying. "We'll really replace it this time, for reals." Never mind that the "replacement" bill they came up with gutted those protections. We already know that when they say they want to keep them, it's in name only. Every plan Republicans have come up with would make that coverage so expensive that it would be unavailable to most of the people who need it.
There's a reason for health care being the No. 1 issue for voters this election, and for that issue to be behind the blue wave headed for Republicans, including McMorris Rodgers. The population that's willing to buy these GOP lies is getting smaller and smaller.
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