South Bend Tribune Calls Out Rep. Walorski for Misleading Hoosiers in Television Ad

South Bend Tribune article today called out Rep. Walorski for misleading Hoosiers in a television ad airing in the South Bend media market. In the ad, Rep. Walorski claims to have always voted to protect folks with pre-existing conditions. As the Tribune article shows, that’s not true:

“A woman featured in a Jackie Walorski campaign ad might have a pre-existing health condition, but she’s not at risk of losing her health coverage because of it, regardless of what’s happening in Washington. That’s because the woman, Mary Olson, as a member of the Elkhart Common Council, has been covered under the city’s employee group health insurance plan since 2006, according to public records.” – Jeff Parrott, South Bend Tribune

On October 5, 2018, just four days before the ad started airing, Rep. Walorski signed on to legislation first introduced in February 2017 as a co-sponsor to try to hide her disastrous voting record on health care. As referenced, the eleven votes Rep. Walorski took to remove protections for Hoosiers with pre-existing conditions are below.

The article can be found here.

  • 2017: Walorski Voted For The American Health Care Act – The Republican Health Care Repeal Bill. In May 2017, Walorski voted for “Passage of the bill that would make extensive changes to the 2010 health care overhaul law, by effectively repealing the individual and employer mandates as well as most of the taxes that finance the current system. It would, in 2020, convert Medicaid into a capped entitlement that would provide fixed federal payments to states and end additional federal funding for the 2010 law’s joint federal-state Medicaid expansion. As amended, it would give states the option of receiving federal Medicaid funding as a block grant with greater state flexibility in how the funds are used, and would require states to establish their own essential health benefits standards. It would allow states to receive waivers to exempt insurers from having to provide certain minimum benefits, would provide $8 billion over five years for individuals with pre-existing conditions whose insurance premiums increased because the state was granted a waiver to raise premiums based on an individual’s health status, and would create a $15 billion federal risk sharing program to cover some of the costs of high medical claims.” The bill was passed by a vote of 217-213. [HR 1628, Vote #256, 5/4/17; CQ, 5/4/17]
  • Walorski Voted For Republican Budget That Repealed Affordable Care Act. [H Con Res 25, Vote #88, 3/21/13]
  • Walorski Voted To Repeal The Affordable Care Act. [HR 45, Vote #154, 5/16/13; CQ Floor Votes, 5/16/13]
  • Walorski Voted For Republican Budget That Repealed Affordable Care Act. [H Con Res 96, Vote #177, 4/10/14]
  • Walorski Voted To Repeal Affordable Care Act. [HR 596, Vote #58, 2/3/15; CQ Floor Votes, 2/3/15]
  • Walorski 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]
  • Walorski 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]
  • Walorski 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]
  • Walorski Voted To Repeal The Affordable Care Act. [HR 3762, Vote #6, 1/6/16; CNN, 1/6/16]
  • Walorski 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]
  • Walorski Voted To Begin Process Of Repealing Affordable Care Act. [S Con Res 3, Vote #58, 1/13/17; CNN, 1/3/17]

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