Health care continues to be one of most defining issues of the 2018 election — if not the most defining — which could be a disaster for Rep. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale).
Multiple polls show health care tops the list of voter concerns, reports Vox, and Republicans are scrambling to try to cover up their record on the issue.
“Republicans seem to recognize the Democratic advantage, twisting themselves in knots to argue that they too support the most popular parts of Obamacare, even though the party’s official position for eight years was that the law must be repealed root and branch with little attention paid to the details,” says Vox.
Knight certainly fits that mold as he attempts to deceive voters about his position on protections for people with pre-existing conditions, despite voting to gut those protections multiple times.
California’s 25th Congressional District is one race where Vox notes health care coming to the forefront of the campaign, with a strong focus on women’s health.
Katie Hill, the Democratic nominee, supports the rights of women to make their own choices. “It’s not the government’s place to regulate” this issue, Hill said in an ad from NARAL.
Knight, on the other hand, tries to portray himself as a moderate politician willing to stand up to Trump, but his anti-woman record on health care shows him to be an extremist far out of the mainstream.
While nearly 80 percent of the public believes abortion should be legal in at least some circumstances, Knight is in the fringe minority of people who want to outlaw abortion even in cases of abuse, rape, incest, or the life of the mother is in mortal danger. Knight declared that he makes “no exceptions.”
Knight’s votes in Congress match his far-right rhetoric. Knight voted repeatedly to defund health care providers like Planned Parenthood. Knight voted for a bill that called for cutting patients off from care at Planned Parenthood, a position overwhelming opposed by voters — Democrats and Republicans.
Residents in Knight’s district have called him out for his stances, saying that constituents can’t trust him to protect women’s access to quality and affordable health care.
At a Halloween event billed as the “Knightmare before Election Day,” the SoCal Health Care Coalition held a rally to bring attention to Knight’s record on the issue.
“Steve Knight has voted against insurance coverage for maternity care and newborn care and called for cutting patients off from access to Planned Parenthood health centers,” said John Erickson of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, according to a press release from the SoCal Health Care Coalition. “I have to ask you — how does taking away someone’s health care help anyone? It doesn’t.”
The race between Knight and Hill is one of the most closely watched in the country, and most election experts rate it as a toss-up. If Hill wins, it very well could be because of Knight’s cruel positions on health care.