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Heading into the home stretch of the midterm elections, some House Republicans are accepting a key Democrat position on health care, hoping to attract independent votes.
But they’re not just abandoning conservatives, they’re abandoning common sense.
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According to The Hill, 32 House Republicans facing competitive races Nov. 6 have signed on to congressional calls for the government to force insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions in recent weeks.
In June, the Trump administration announced it would not defend Obamacare protections for pre-existing conditions as part of a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas challenging Obamacare’s constitutionality, as CNN reported.
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That’s spurred months of Republicans working on Capitol Hill to figure out a way to save at least some aspects of pre-existing conditions coverage.
In August, according to The Washington Times, North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis introduced a bill that would make coverage for pre-existing conditions part of the 1990s Health Insurance Portability Act. That could make the provision less vulnerable to being ended if other elements of Obamacare are found unconstitutional.
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The administration’s June announcement is also what has some Republicans signing onto to resolutions supporting pre-existing condition coverage, according to The Hill.
It’s one of the most popular parts of the otherwise very unpopular Obamacare agenda, which is why worried GOP incumbents are backing it.
As The Hill put it:
Do you think insurance companies should be forced to cover pre-existing conditions?
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“The moves, coming in the final weeks of the midterm campaign cycle, mark a course reversal for members of a party that for years railed against ObamaCare, also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and called for its repeal.”
It might be politically understandable why...
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