FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mon., Oct. 22, 2018
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ISSUES NEW RULE TO WEAKEN PROTECTIONS FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS
Des Moines, IA – Today, Cindy Axne, Democratic candidate for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District, released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s new rule that will further weaken health care protections for Iowans with pre-existing conditions. The Trump Administration’s new guidance will make it easier for states to skirt consumer protections afforded by the Affordable Care Act, including allowing insurers to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions.
“This is exactly why we need new leadership in Congress that will stand up to the Administration and fight to ensure we protect access to affordable, quality care for Iowans with pre-existing conditions,” said Cindy Axne. “David Young claims to have stood up to his party, but the reality is, he has repeatedly voted to take away protections for Iowans with pre-existing conditions. And when he’s had the opportunity in Washington to take action that mattered, he’s voted with his party every single time.”
“As President Trump said when he was campaigning here in Iowa, ‘a vote for David is a vote for me and our agenda.’ Republicans in Washington have made it very clear that their agenda is to take away our health care. And Congressman Young has voted in line with that agenda 99% of the time,” Axne added.
Last week, Axne called out Young for campaigning against another Trump Administration rule to roll back protections for Iowans with pre-existing conditions, while refusing to join efforts back in Washington to overturn this policy.
“Yet again, candidate Young expresses concern for people with pre-existing conditions on the campaign trail, but when it comes to taking action in Washington, Congressman Young falls in line with his party every single time. Congressman Young cannot be against President Trump’s new rule, and against a plan to overturn it at the same time,” said Cindy Axne. “If Congressman Young was listening to Iowans, not Republicans in Washington, he would stand up to the President’s veto threat and join efforts to reverse these health plans that can deny coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.”