Rep. Herrera Beutler Dodges Questions on Health Care Votes in Seattle Times Interview
Jaime Herrera Beutler was unable to answer questions about her voting record
VANCOUVER, WA— In a recent interview with The Seattle Times, Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler declined to answer a question regarding her support of the lawsuit headed to the Supreme Court. Just last year, Rep. Herrera Beutler voted in support of the lawsuit which aims to get rid of the Affordable Care Act.
Instead, Herrera Buetler attempted to distract from her abysmal record on health care by pointing to a bill she co-sponsored that multiple nonpartisan health care analysts say would “cause premiums to increase substantially and result in an unstable market.” This is another political headfake from the Representative, who just two years ago bragged about her votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act without replacement. Another analysis of the bill that Herrera Beutler co-sponsored says that “the proposal will not protect people with preexisting conditions as well as the ACA.”
Herrera Beutler reaffirmed her support for President Trump, citing the economy. But President Trump and Herrera Beutler failed to act swiftly to COVID-19 and left the United States vulnerable to a threat in which they’d been repeatedly warned, and has left the U.S. in economic downturn. Prior to the pandemic, the Trump tax plan that Herrera Beutler calls her ‘defining moment’ added $2 trillion to the national debt, while bailing out her corporate donors with giant tax breaks.
“Southwest Washingtonians are tired of being left behind by a representative who consistently puts special interests first, and our community last,” said Campaign Manager Abby Olmstead “She hasn’t had a town hall in nearly four years because she can’t even defend her record on the top issue facing Southwest Washingtonians. Her voting record on health care is abysmal. We need a leader who will stand up for Southwest Washington, not someone who falls in line with Trump and their corporate interest donors.”
Read excerpts from the Seattle Times below.
David Gutman • October 28, 2020
[Herrera Beutler] voted against Democratic proposals that passed the House earlier this year to provide a second round of COVID relief, arguing that it was larded with unrelated add-ons. She’s highlighted legislation of local importance, including a law she led to allow sea lions to be shot and killed in the Columbia River, an effort to help salmon recovery.
In 2016, after Trump was heard bragging about sexual assault on an Access Hollywood tape, Herrera Beutler said she would not vote for him. She said she’d been leaving the “door open” for Trump to earn her vote, but that door had “slammed shut.”
Four years later, Herrera Beutler says, the door is wide open.
She has voted with Trump about 82% of the time over the last four years, according to tallies kept by FiveThirtyEight.com.
Long, who supports Biden, used Herrera Beutler’s support of Trump as a chance to contrast their own records on campaign finance: Long has refused money from corporate PACs (although outside groups supporting her take corporate PAC money) while Herrera Beutler has accepted about $2 million in corporate PAC money over the course of her congressional career.
“At a time when military and political and business leaders are fleeing from Donald Trump, she is running toward him with open arms,” Long said. “And the reason why she is, is because, like him, she takes a lot of money from corporations and is in favor of bills that put Wall Street in front of Main Street.”
Long has made health care a focus of her campaign, proposing shoring up the Affordable Care Act by creating a public health insurance option that people could buy into.
Herrera Beutler has voted dozens of times over the last decade to repeal the ACA in its entirety. But she voted against the Republicans’ best chance to nix the law, in 2017, when their repeal bill passed the House but narrowly failed in the Senate.
Just days after the Nov. 3 election, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case, supported by the Trump administration, that could see the entire health care law thrown out.
On a nonbinding resolution last year, Herrera Beutler voted in support of the administration’s efforts in that case to have the landmark health care law thrown out, but last week she declined to say what she wants to see the court do.