FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thurs., Oct. 18, 2018
AXNE RESPONDS TO TRUMP TWEET ABOUT “REPUBLICAN SUPPORT” FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS
Des Moines, IA – As Congressman David Young and vulnerable Republicans across the country attempt to hide from their record of pre-existing conditions, President Trump today tweeted, “All Republicans support people with pre-existing conditions, and if they don’t, they will after I speak to them. I am in total support.”
Cindy Axne, Democratic candidate for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District, responded on Twitter by pointing out that Congressman Young and his Republican colleagues have repeatedly voted to rollback protections for Iowans with pre-existing conditions.
“Unfortunately for Iowans, Congressman Young has been in total support of Republican efforts to strip protections from Iowans with pre-existing conditions,” said Cindy Axne. “From voting to fully repeal protections in 2015, to caving to Republican pressure and voting for the disastrous health care bill in 2017, Congressman Young’s record in Washington speaks for itself.”
In 2015, one of the first votes Congressman Young took in Congress was to repeal the Affordable Care Act, including all guaranteed protections for Iowans with pre-existing conditions, with no replacement. In 2017, Congressman Young voted for the Republican health care bill that the American Medical Association said, “will result in millions of Americans losing access to quality, affordable health insurance and those with pre-existing health conditions face the possibility of going back to the time when insurers could charge them premiums that made access to coverage out of the question.”
On March 22, 2017, David Young said he would oppose the GOP healthcare bill. On March 23, the Congressional Leadership Fund announced they would no longer support David Young’s re-election bid. On May 4, David Young gave in to Republican pressure and turned his back on Iowans by voting for the American Health Care Act, which would have gutted protections for pre-existing conditions and raised health care costs.
Two months before the midterm elections, Congressman Young, along with 27 vulnerable Republicans in Congress, introduced a non-binding “resolution” that simply expresses concern for people with pre-existing conditions. Further highlighting Young’s all-talk, no-action penchant, on the campaign trail, the Congressman claims to oppose the Trump Administration’s new dangerous short term healthcare plans which could deny coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. But in Washington, he refuses to join his House Democratic colleagues who have introduced a proposal to reverse this policy, which President Trump threatened to veto.