#WA03 Debate Fact Check: Rep. Herrera Beutler Lies About Her Votes to Eliminate Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions
VANCOUVER, WA — Jaime Herrera Beutler is once again trying to mislead voters about her record of voting repeatedly to eliminate protections for Washingtonians with pre-existing conditions. Herrera Beutler has sold out Southwest Washingtonians over and over again and even bragged about voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act more than 80 times.
Herrera Beutler is even backing a lawsuit that, right at this very minute, is attempting to overturn the Affordable Care Act which would cause more than 650,000 Washingtonians to lose their healthcare in the middle of a pandemic, while ending protections for anyone with pre-existing conditions, including COVID-19.
Why? Because she’s taken more than $200,000 from the insurance industry and Big Pharma. She repeatedly votes their way to give them bigger profits, even when it hurts her constituents.
Carolyn Long supports strengthening the Affordable Care Act and a public option that will get Southwest Washingtonians a better deal on their healthcare. This gives them the option of buying into a Medicare-like plan directly from the government. This will lower costs and increase competition for everyone while allowing anyone who wants to stay on their current private insurance to keep it.
Here’s what’s at risk after Herrera Beutler sold out Southwest Washingtonians with her votes against health care:
Tens of millions with preexisting conditions and 650,000 Washingtonians at risk of losing health care access in the middle of a pandemic.
Young people under the age of 26 could be forced off their parents’ insurance plans.
Washington could lose its Medicaid expansion, which has helped community hospitals across the state to keep their doors open.
Long term, this is an attack on health care and a win for increased corporate power and corruption.