Rep. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) has already voted for policies that are driving up the cost of health care for Californians. A new report from Axios shows that if Knight and fellow Republicans maintain control of Congress, their goal will be to complete destroy the popular Affordable Care Act (ACA).
But Republicans don’t want to talk about that too much.
According to interviews with lawmakers and aides, Republicans plan to hold another vote to repeal the ACA next year, assuming their party can maintain control of the House of Representatives and possibly pick up some seats in the Senate.
In the November midterm elections, Democrats hope to pick up at least 23 seats in the House to regain control of the lower chamber. Meanwhile, Republicans currently hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate.
Yet Republicans are somehow reluctant to talk about their plot to destroy affordable health care while on the 2018 campaign trail.
“Repeal [of the ACA] is like fight club,” one GOP operative told Axios, referring to the 1999 movie starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt. “First rule is not to talk about it.”
Knight is certainly following that mantra. He doesn’t even mention health care under the “policy” section of his campaign website. Of Knight’s 25 “accomplishments” listed on the site, only one involves health care — and it’s tucked away under a subheading about veterans.
Yet Knight has certainly been active in his determination to repeal the ACA. He supported a Republican health care bill that would have devastated health care policy.
For instance, the bill Knight supported would have removed protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions.
If that bill had become law, “Insurers would be able to charge people significantly more if they had a pre-existing condition like heart disease, cancer, diabetes or arthritis – possibly requiring people to pay thousands of dollars extra every year to remain insured,” according to Politifact.
Knight supported the bill even though 23 million people would have lost access to health insurance.
When pressed on video about his controversial vote, Knight claimed he has no regrets about his previous vote to destroy the ACA.
If Knight and his fellow Republicans control the House of Representatives in 2019, Knight’s constituents have every reason to believe that he will once again vote to wreck the American health care system.