Republicans are trying to gut protections for pre-existing conditions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 5, 2018

Daytona Beach — Today, FL-06 Democratic nominee Nancy Soderberg released the following statement in response to the Republican lawsuit to undo protections for those with pre-existing conditions, arguments for which a Texas judge will hear today.

“As a diabetic, I know firsthand how gut-wrenching it is to be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition. The moment of a diagnosis is scary enough, but to add stress and anxiety over how to pay tens of thousands of dollars for treatment? It’s wrong and it’s unacceptable.

Over 270,000 residents here in Florida’s 6th District live with this anxiety every day as they watch Republicans fight to gut their protections. And if you haven’t experienced a pre-existing condition firsthand, chances are you know one of the more than 130 million Americans with a pre-existing condition.

You don’t get to choose when you get into a car accident or have a child born with a serious medical condition. Cancer does not discriminate based on age, gender, race, or economic status. Access to quality, affordable health care shouldn’t depend on how much money you make, how wealthy your parents are, or how generous your employer is. We depend on our health care when we are at our most vulnerable moments — fighting cancer, battling drug addiction, or in need of a lifesaving treatment — and we cannot abandon Americans in these moments. That’s why I believe affordable, accessible health care is a fundamental right and not a privilege, and in Congress, I will fight to make sure all Floridians have access to the care they need.

My opponent, Michael Waltz, supports his party’s repeated healthcare repeal efforts, which would mean a return to the days of insurance companies being allowed to charge women more than men for the same health care, all while gutting protections for people living with pre-existing conditions like asthma, pregnancy, heart disease, and many others.

Today, I call on Michael Waltz to reverse his position and join me in standing up for and protecting the more than 270,000 Floridians in our district with a pre-existing condition.”

 

Background:

In the lawsuit, twenty GOP-led states are targeting the central promise of the Affordable Care Act to protect those with pre-existing conditions. If successful, obtaining health insurance on the open market could be harder for any individual. [New York Times, 6/12/2018]

Waltz’s top priorities include repealing the Affordable Care Act. In addition to gutting protections for those with pre-existing conditions, Washington’s repeal efforts will lead to higher costs for families across Florida’s 6th District. [Miami Herald, 9/26/17; Politifact, 5/24/2017; Michael Waltz for Congress]

For more information contact: Wellesley Daniels  wellesley@soderbergforcongress.com