Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) regularly votes for policies that would result in higher health care costs and fewer people covered by health insurance.
But a new poll from eight suburban districts, commissioned by a Republican organization, says voters’ main concerns “were accessing adequate health services and being able to afford care.”
Sarah Chamberlain, president and CEO of Republican Main Street Partnership, wrote, “when broken down by gender, a significantly greater percentage of women voiced concern about the access and affordability issues facing them and their families.”
That’s bad news for Walters, who has spent her short congressional career voting for policies that hurt rather than help women.
Walters voted numerous times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, including supporting the Republican bill in May of 2017. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the Walters-backed bill would have resulted in 24 million more people uninsured over the next 10 years. Further, health insurance premiums would be significantly higher for individuals with preexisting conditions.
That bill also called for cutting patients off from care at Planned Parenthood, a position overwhelming opposed by not just women but all Americans. In fact, Planned Parenthood Action Fund gives Walters a lifetime 0 percent rating.
While Walters was unsuccessful in her efforts to repeal the ACA, she did champion changes to it that became law through a provision in the deeply unpopular tax bill. However, these changes are also quite harmful.
Due to changes to the ACA, premiums for Californians who get health insurance through the health care exchange are set to increase by up to 30 percent next year. At least, it will for those who can still afford it.
Because of these changes, an estimated 1.8 million Californians will lose health insurance, including 36,600 in Walters’ own congressional district. That is part of the 13 million people nationwide who will lose health insurance.
Women, according to a Republican-commissioned poll, are extremely concerned about access and affordability issues regarding health care. Walters has failed on both fronts, helping to increase the number of uninsured families, and making those who have insurance pay more for it.
Ignoring the voices of women helped land Walters a spot as a top target of Democrats in 2018, hoping to replace her with someone more in tune with the women of Orange County.