Over 103,000 Washingtonians Lost Health Insurance Since the Beginning of the Pandemic, While Rep. Herrera Beutler Pushes Harder For ACA Repeal
While Southwest Washington faces an unprecedented public health crisis and historic health insurance losses, Rep. Herrera Beutler continues to oppose health care expansion
Vancouver, WA — This week, a new report found that the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crash have caused “the greatest health insurance losses in American history.” These historic insurance losses have taken place during an unprecedented public health crisis, which has claimed hundreds of thousands of American lives and counting, coupled with the most severe economic downturn since World War II. Here in Washington, between February and May of this year alone, 103,000 people have become uninsured due to job losses.
Meanwhile, health insurance giants are pulling in record profits and DC politicians including Rep. Herrera Beutler are actively opposing efforts to protect and expand health coverage while voting in support of a lawsuit suing to end the Affordable Care Act and repeal protections for those with pre-existing conditions, while causing more than 654,000 Washingtonians to lose their care. At a time when millions of American families are suffering through a massive economic downturn, an unprecedented public health crisis, and record levels of insurance loss, these priorities by our Congressional representation are unfathomable and fundamentally at odds with the needs of our communities.
“While Rep. Herrera Beutler has spent a decade in Congress opposing health care expansion and voting to repeal protections for folks with preexisting conditions, Carolyn Long will fight to protect and expand health care and lower the costs of prescription drugs,” said Abby Olmstead, Campaign Manager. “Southwest Washingtonians have the opportunity to make a choice this November as to who best represents their values and priorities in this time — and the choice has never been clearer.”