A year after Congresswoman Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) voted to remove protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions, a new nationwide poll shows an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose Walters’ view.
According to a June poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, “most of the public – including majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and independents – say it is ‘very important’ to them that the ACA’s provisions protecting those with pre-existing conditions remain law.”
Voters, the poll finds, are especially attuned to how their members of Congress approach this issue.
But among the health care issues provided, majorities of Democratic voters, independent voters, and Republican voters 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” to their vote.
Walters gleefully voted to remove protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions last year. In fact, she was so excited about her vote that she took a selfie in the Rose Garden during a Republican celebration of their bill passing the House of Representatives.
The Republican health care repeal bill that brought such a smile to Walters’ face included provisions that allow insurance companies “in some cases to charge higher premiums to people with cancer, diabetes and other common preexisting conditions — even pregnancy.”
Before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), individuals with pre-existing conditions could be denied health insurance or charged exorbitant premiums. In some cases, women who were sexually assaulted and then sought medical treatment could find themselves unable to purchase health insurance.
Congress changed the law, but now Walters wants to go back to a world of discrimination against cancer patients, pregnant women, and even survivors of sexual assault.
When Walters started her most recent term in Congress, she promised she was “committed to protecting patients w/ pre-existing conditions to ensure their access to quality, affordable healthcare.”
But when the time came to either stay true to her word or side with the Trump agenda, Walters abandoned her commitment and sided with Trump.
The Senate ultimately prevented Walters’ desires from becoming law. But the Washington Post reports that Republicans may try again to repeal the ACA and implement their own health care plans.
Another bill would give Walters one more chance to vote with Trump — and against individuals with pre-existing conditions.