FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPOKANE, Wash. – Today, Lisa Brown released another series of attack ads that aim to distract the people of Eastern Washington from Cathy’s proven record of leadership and results for the people she represents. Two problems with these ads. First, they are misleading, again. Second, Lisa cites false and inaccurate sources, again.
False Lisa Claim 1: Cathy voted for higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions
First, Lisa makes this claim by citing H.R. 1862, the Global Child Protection Act of 2017, a piece of legislation that has nothing to do with pre-existing conditions protections.
If she was meaning to cite the American Health Care Act, the AHCA specifically maintains protections for people with pre-existing conditions who maintain continuous coverage (Title I, Section 137). This has been fact-checked time and time again, including here from the Washington Post. “The problem is that the AHCA does not change the ACA’s guarantee of coverage. The rule for debating the amendment actually included a line to clarify any possible ambiguity — that ‘nothing in this Act shall be construed as permitting health insurance issuers to limit access to health coverage for individuals with preexisting conditions.’”
For Cathy, this is personal. She has a son with a pre-existing condition.
False Lisa Claim 2: Cathy voted against lowering drug prices
In this attack, Lisa cites a bill from 2007, the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2007. At the time and still today, experts did not believe this legislation would have any significant impact in bringing down the cost of prescription drugs, as reported by the Washington Post here.
Cathy has consistently voted and introduced legislation to address the cost of prescription drugs, including introducing bills to bring transparency to Pharmacy Benefit Managers and ban gag clauses that bar pharmacists from disclosing real costs to patients when it’s cheaper for them to pay out-of-pocket than go through their insurance.
One more from Lisa: 14 years is too long for someone to be in Congress
Flashback to Lisa Brown’s exit interview as she was leaving the Washington State Senate: “It seems like in order to make a big impact you need to get in there and serve for a long time." What changed?
For more information about Cathy McMorris Rodgers, visit www.cathyforcongress.com
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