Congresswoman Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) laughed and celebrated in the Rose Garden after she voted to take away vital protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Yet in an attempt to deceive voters, Walters is putting out false and misleading information on her official social media accounts.
Here are the facts.
In 2017, Walters voted to get rid of the popular Affordable Care Act and replace it with the Republican health care repeal bill. According to Politifact, the bill Walters voted for would have allowed health insurance companies 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.”
A separate fact check by Politifact says the Republican proposal “seems to weaken existing protections for people with pre-existing conditions, not strengthen them.”
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) weighed in as well, saying, “Over time, it would become more difficult for less healthy people (including people with preexisting medical conditions) in those states to purchase insurance because their premiums would continue to increase rapidly.”
An analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation found 6.3 million people could be at risk of higher premiums because of the Republican bill.
Walters recently posted a video on her social media accounts where she looks directly at the camera and speaks misleadingly about about her position.
“To be clear, my position has always been and will continue to be this: Individuals with pre-existing conditions should not be denied health insurance or charged more regardless of their health status,” Walters said. “Individuals with pre-existing conditions must also have access to continuous coverage.”
Walters goes on to note that she co-sponsored the “Pre-existing Conditions Protection Act of 2017,” a bill that has yet to receive a vote in committee or on the House floor.
At no time does Walters talk about the bill she proudly voted for, which contradicts her current stated position on pre-existing conditions.
If Walters spoke the truth when she claimed she was always in favor of protecting people with pre-existing conditions, she would not have voted in favor a bill diametrically opposed to such a position.
And she certainly would not have gleefully posed for selfies in a Rose Garden celebration of such a vote.
Californians can choose to trust what Walters says or what she does.
As the old adage says, actions speak louder than words.