Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s vote to take away protections for people with pre-existing conditions does not reflect the priorities of the general public, according to the latest polling.
In a June Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) poll, 89 percent of the public say having a statute that prohibits health insurance companies from “charging sick people more” is “very important” or “somewhat important.”
A majority of Democrats, Republicans, and independents in the poll say the provision protecting sick people should remain the law of the land.
But Rohrabacher, an embattled Republican from Costa Mesa, voted to allow health insurance companies to discriminate against cancer survivors, adults suffering from arthritis, and even pregnant women.
Before the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies could deny coverage to people based on their medical history, or decide to charge those individuals exorbitant premiums. The ACA outlawed such discrimination, which was “arguably the most popular component of the 2010 health care law,'” according to NPR.
Rohrabacher voted numerous times to repeal the ACA, and last year voted for the Republican health care repeal bill that would have eviscerated protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions.
According to Politifact, if the bill Rohrabacher supported would have 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.”
More than 300,000 people in Rohrabacher’s own district have a pre-existing condition, including almost 34,000 children. Yet that did not stop him from aligning himself with Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan to vote to take away protections from his constituents and millions more people around the country.
According to the KFF poll, “two-thirds say a candidate’s support for continued protections for people with pre-existing health conditions is either the ‘single most important factor’ or ‘very important, but not the most important factor,'” in the 2018 election.
Health care is one of the most important issues for voters this year, and Rohrabacher’s voting record puts him on the wrong side of public opinion.
It is little wonder Rorhrabacher had a poor showing in the 2018 primary, garnering barely 30 percent of the vote as his campaign heads to November.
“It’s looking more and more likely that Rohrabacher will lose this seat,” declared the L.A. Times.