It might be because Republicans like Rep. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) campaigned on repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It might be because Knight and Republicans stood in the House of Representatives and cast their votes to repeal the ACA.Or maybe it was the time Knight and Republicans voted for a health care bill that stripped away protections for millions of Americans who have pre-existing conditions.
Likely a result of all of the above, a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows the public overwhelmingly trusts Democrats over Republicans when asked who will continue pre-existing condition protections.
While the overall trust deficit for Republicans is a staggering 32-point margin (58 percent to 26 percent), the difference is even more pronounced among independents.
A larger share of independents say they trust the Democratic Party than the Republican Party on many issues including women’s access to reproductive health services (60 percent vs. 21 percent), continuing protections for people with pre-existing conditions (60 percent vs. 19 percent), improving the health of minority populations (55 percent vs. 24 percent), maintaining Medicaid expansion (55 percent vs. 23 percent), the future of the ACA (53 percent vs. 25 percent), and improving rural health care (44 percent vs. 29 percent).
Over the summer, Knight said he has no regrets voting to rip away health care protections from people with pre-existing conditions.
When it came to either protecting cancer survivors or asthma patients from astronomically higher health care costs, or voting to support the Trump agenda, Knight did what he always does: voted how Trump wants him to.
Knight is locked in a tight election race with Democratic nominee Katie Hill. The district has more registered Democrats than Republicans, and a high number of independent voters.
While Knight sometimes tries to hide from his health care voting record, some local residents recently helped bring attention to it.
A group of activists erected a billboard in Santa Clarita that reads, “Congressman Steve Knight Voted Against Your Pre-Existing Condition Protections. Call Him and Ask Him Why.”
Through his actions in Congress, Knight fully earned the distrust of Americans on health care issues more broadly, and pre-existing conditions in particular.