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Davis tries to counter claims that he won’t defend pre-existing condition coverage

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018

* Press release…

Today, Rodney Davis’ campaign released a new TV ad on his work to improve health care. The ad features Rodney’s wife Shannon, a registered nurse and 19-year cancer survivor.

Davis fought to improve health care and maintain multiple layers of protections for people with pre-existing conditions in the American Health Care Act (AHCA). He voted to lower costs and increase access to group and employer-sponsored health insurance. The health care changes in the AHCA are modeled after changes made by the State of Maine, which lowered premium costs for Americans aged 60 by more than $7,000.

Recent ads by an outside group supporting Davis’ opponent make claims fact checkers have considered misleading and fail to tell the whole story. The Washington Post and FactCheck.org explain.

Under Obamacare, premiums have risen by 108 percent since 2013 and every county in the 13th District is down to one or two insurance providers. Whether you’re healthy, young, old, or have a pre-existing condition, people are seeing increased costs and fewer choices under the current system.

* The ad

* Transcript…

The attacks on Rodney are just ridiculous I’m someone with a pre-existing condition, and will have that for the rest of my life. The genetic form of cancer that I have can affect our children. They have that chance to have the same type of cancer that I do.

Rodney, his ultimate goal is just to make sure everybody has the health care that they want and the choices and the options that they choose. Rodney’s willing to work across party lines to fight for better health care for all of us. It’s personal for us.

* Londrigan campaign…

Today, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan responded to Congressman Rodney Davis supposedly “reaffirming” his support for protections for those with pre-existing conditions, through a non-binding resolution without any legal weight. In reality, Davis voted 11 times to repeal the ACA without a replacement – which would eliminate protections for those with pre-existing conditions – and voted for the AHCA, which the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, independent fact checkers, and the AARP have all said would have weakened protections for those with pre-existing conditions including by making their coverage unaffordable.

“Honestly, it’s stunning that my opponent has the audacity to tout a worthless, partisan resolution claiming that he supports the very same protections for folks with pre-existing conditions that he has voted to gut over and over again,” said Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, candidate for Illinois’ 13th Congressional District. “This resolution protects exactly zero of the 290,800 non-elderly people in our district with pre-existing conditions – including all three of my children, and my husband Tom – and only a career politician like Rodney Davis would pretend that it does. For all who faced losing protections they counted on or being unable to afford their coverage altogether, this cheap talk is offensive. His actions speak clearly, and this resolution is nothing but more Washington political maneuvering.”

Check the facts:

    * Davis Voted For Republican Budget That Repealed Affordable Care Act. [H Con Res 25, Vote #88, 3/21/13]
    * Davis Voted To Repeal The Affordable Care Act. [HR 45, Vote #154, 5/16/13; CQ Floor Votes, 5/16/13]
    * Davis Voted For Republican Budget That Repealed Affordable Care Act. [H Con Res 96, Vote #177, 4/10/14]
    * Davis Voted To Repeal Affordable Care Act. [HR 596, Vote #58, 2/3/15; CQ Floor Votes, 2/3/15]
    * Davis Voted For Budget Alternative That Repealed The Affordable Care Act. [H. Con Res. 27, Vote #141, 3/25/15; US News and World Report,3/25/15]
    * Davis Voted For Republican Budget That Repealed The Affordable Care Act. [H. Con Res. 27, Vote #142, 3/25/15; New York Times, 3/25/15]
    * Davis Voted For Republican Conference Report On Budget That Began Process To Repeal Affordable Care Act. [S Con Res 11, Vote #183, 4/30/15; Bloomberg, 4/29/15]
    * Davis Voted To Repeal Major Pillars Of Affordable Care Act, Including Individual Mandate. [HR 3762, Vote #568, 10/23/15; Los Angeles Times, 10/23/15]
    * Davis Voted To Repeal The Affordable Care Act. [HR 3762, Vote #6, 1/6/16; CNN, 1/6/16]
    * Davis Voted To Overturn Obama’s Veto Of Bill That Would Repeal The Affordable Care Act. [HR 3762, Vote #53, 2/2/16; Washington Post,2/2/16] Note: Reported as 63rd vote
    * Davis Voted To Begin Process Of Repealing Affordable Care Act. [S Con Res 3, Vote #58, 1/13/17; CNN, 1/3/17]

- Posted by Rich Miller        

15 Comments
  1. - Pundent - Wednesday, Sep 19, 18 @ 12:43 pm:

    You can’t favor coverage for preexisting conditions without supporting the individual mandate. Anyone claiming otherwise is being dishonest.


  2. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Sep 19, 18 @ 12:53 pm:

    You can’t vote for bills that eliminate the pre-existing condition protections and then say you aren’t in favor of eliminating those protections.


  3. - TooManyJens - Wednesday, Sep 19, 18 @ 12:56 pm:

    The first paragraph of Londrigan’s press release sums up the situation very well. It would appear that Davis agrees in part, since the FactCheck article linked by his campaign outlines the ways in which the AHCA would have weakened protections for people with pre-existing conditions.


  4. - WSJ Paywall - Wednesday, Sep 19, 18 @ 12:58 pm:

    If you’re explaining you’re losing.


  5. - Norseman - Wednesday, Sep 19, 18 @ 12:59 pm:

    === You can’t favor coverage for preexisting conditions without supporting the individual mandate. Anyone claiming otherwise is being dishonest. ===

    Obviously Davis is playing the GOP two-step fib. But your statement should be modified to reflect that only supporting the coverage of preexisting conditions without a funding mechanism as represented by the individual mandate would lead to higher costs. Dems wanted to fix Obamacare to address cost issues. GOP wants to open it to bring back happy times for insurers and businesses.


  6. - Lego - Wednesday, Sep 19, 18 @ 1:01 pm:

    Better spot than any Londrigan one produced yet.


  7. - Generic Drone - Wednesday, Sep 19, 18 @ 1:26 pm:

    Davis also supported taking more money from Social Security to use in other areas of spending. Keep that in mind while voting.


  8. - lollinois - Wednesday, Sep 19, 18 @ 1:27 pm:

    This is Rodney Davis in a nutshell.He takes partisan stances in all his statements and votes but then claims he is willing to reach across the aisle. He says he wants to protect pre-existing conditions right up until he votes not to do that.

    “Believe what I say, not what I do”.


  9. - Colin O'Scopy - Wednesday, Sep 19, 18 @ 1:28 pm:

    =Better spot than any Londrigan one produced yet.=

    If what you say is true, then why is Rodney defending himself? It’s easy for the wife (or husband) of a sitting member of Congress, with that Bentley health care program, to say they have a pre-existing condition. But in reality, she will never “wont” for a better plan.

    If Rodney is such a champion for health care, why doesn’t he roll up his sleeves and push for it?


  10. - siualum - Wednesday, Sep 19, 18 @ 2:01 pm:

    Rodney should work to ensure we have access to the same health insurance he gets as a US rep. At the same cost.


  11. - Disappointed - Wednesday, Sep 19, 18 @ 2:44 pm:

    Davis plays the nice guy back in his district.
    In DC he’s just as hostile to the middle class as any of the other scoundrels and fools in the GOP house.


  12. - Al - Wednesday, Sep 19, 18 @ 2:57 pm:

    There are a trillion reasons to vote against Davis. He favors and votes for literally Trillion dollar out of balance budgets.


  13. - knownothing - Wednesday, Sep 19, 18 @ 3:34 pm:

    Davis’ entire re-election strategy is literally “Don’t judge me by what I’ve done, judge me by the things I say”


  14. - Mr. Smith - Wednesday, Sep 19, 18 @ 4:14 pm:

    Rep. Davis only represents those folks who agree with him. He refuses to meet with his constituents unless he is guaranteed friendly ground and crowd support. He looks and sounds like Mr. Nice Guy, until he gets back to DC. Then it is entirely another story.

    He REALLY needs to be sent packing in November.


  15. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Sep 19, 18 @ 10:00 pm:

    Dude, you voted multiple times to repeal the law that protected those with pre-existing conditions, without any replacement.

    Just nasty, swamp monster, in the tank for Big Insurance.


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