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Ohio Republicans Balk at Opportunity to Protect Ohioans with Pre-Existing Conditions

May 10, 2019

Not a Single Ohio Republican Voted in Favor of U.S. House Bill to Protect Pre-Existing Conditions Coverage

On Thursday,
not a single Ohio Republican voted in favor of the Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019 (H.R.986). The bill, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives, takes a stand against the Trump administration’s health care sabotage campaign by ensuring people with pre-existing conditions continue to receive affordable health care coverage.

For Our Future Ohio spokesperson Daniel van Hoogstraten issued the following statement:

Ohio Republicans in Congress repeatedly claim to support protections for people with pre-existing conditions, but time and time again they turn their backs on the roughly 5 million Ohioans who have a pre-existing condition. The fact that not a single Ohio Republican had the courage or moral inclination to protect these Ohioans is a disgraceful display of the GOP’s true agenda.”

In response to the vote, Protect Our Care Ohio state director Amanda Wurst released the following statement:

As Ohio’s House Republicans sat idly by, House Democrats voted to end the Trump administration’s policy that gave power back to insurance companies to sell ‘junk’ plans that gut protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions. No matter how many times President Trump and his Republican allies lie to the American people, it is clear they want to destroy our health care laws no matter the consequences for people with cancer, diabetes or other pre-existing conditions. The White House veto threat makes that crystal clear.

“This week’s vote is the first of many House Democrats will take to pursue their lower cost, better care agenda. In the next few weeks, Democrats will vote to overturn the sabotage of open enrollment, make health insurance affordable and reduce the costs of prescription drugs, sending a clear message to President Trump that Americans will not tolerate his war on health care.”