If there was an opportunity to vote against helping individuals with pre-existing conditions, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) took that vote. Rohrabacher opposed the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which enshrined into law protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
In the following years, Rohrabacher supported more than 50 efforts to repeal or weaken the law, which would have had devastating repercussions if they had succeeded.
In 2017, Rohrabacher voted yet again to roll back the ACA and replace it with a Republican health care plan. Under that plan, “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.
After nearly a decade with the same position, Rohrabacher is now facing a close re-election race, with polling showing the vast majority of Americans vehemently disagree with his health care positions.
All of a sudden, in a new ad released weeks before the midterm election, Rohrbacher appears to have had a change of heart. He now claims to have a brand new position on pre-existing conditions.
“I’m taking on both parties and fighting for those with pre-existing conditions,” Rohrabacher says after discussing his daughter’s battle with leukemia.
“Rohrabacher is just the latest House Republican in a tight race positioning himself as a champion of health insurance protections for pre-existing conditions despite voting to repeal Obamacare,” reports the Washington Examiner.
Fellow California Republican Rep. Mimi Walters also put out a deceptive ad on the issue.
Another California Republican, Rep. Steve Knight, is trying to hide behind a last-minute bill he introduced on the issue.
A new poll from the L.A. Times shows both Walters and Knight trailing their Democratic opponents, while Rohrabacher is tied with his challenger, Harley Rouda.
With health care a top concern among voters this year, all three are making transparently desperate attempts to deceive constituents and hide their voting record on the issue of pre-existing conditions.