NEW TODAY: KAISER HEALTH POLL SHOWS HEALTH CARE IS A TOP CAMPAIGN ISSUE
COVERAGE FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS IS A KEY POSITION FOR DEMOCRATS, INDEPENDENTS AND REPUBLICANS
WEST PALM BEACH — Americans like key parts of the Affordable Care Act that President Trump and Congressional Republicans are trying to repeal, according to a new Kaiser Foundation Health Tracking Poll. Not surprisingly, continuing coverage for pre-existing conditions is among the top positions for Democrats, Independents and Republicans, with Kaiser reporting that “nearly six in ten Americans say they live in a household where someone has a pre-existing condition.”
According to a summary of the report, Kaiser says that, “In light of a recent federal lawsuit and subsequent decision by the Trump administration, this month’s tracking poll finds most of the public – including majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents – say it is ‘very important’ to them that the ACA’s provisions protecting those with pre-existing conditions remain law. Three-fourths say it is ‘very important’ that the ACA provision prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage due to someone’s medical history remains law, and seven in ten say the same about the ACA provision prohibiting insurance companies from charging sick people more.”
“The Kaiser Foundation Poll illustrates nationally what we’re seeing on the ground in Florida. Floridians want coverage for pre-existing conditions, and find it appalling that Congressional Republicans like Brian Mast and Vern Buchanan have voted to eliminate it,” said Stephen Gaskill, communications director of Floridians for a Fair Shake.
Yesterday, Floridians for a Fair Shake released three new ads highlighting Buchanan and Mast’s votes on health care and taxes that would directly impact the ability of Floridians to keep coverage for pre-existing conditions. The three new ads joined a fourth ad already on the air telling the story of twin sisters battling cancer who are concerned they’ll lose the coverage that’s keeping them alive.
Those ads are here:
Floridians for a Fair Shake advocates for an economy that works for everyone and affordable health care for all.