pre-existing conditions

Democrats use vote on health care lawsuit to pressure Republicans on pre-existing conditions
GOP leaders not expecting their members to take Democrats‘ bait

Democrats made health care a central issue in the 2018 midterms. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It’s only the second week of the 116th Congress, but Democrats are already trying to put Republicans on record on protecting people with pre-existing health conditions.

Democrats made health care a major issue in the 2018 midterms on their way to picking up a net of 40 seats and taking control of the House. A vote Wednesday to defend the 2010 health care law — designed in part to illustrate Republicans’ opposition to it — is a sign Democrats see the issue as one that can help them hold their majority in 2020.

Watch: Menendez and Hugin Square Off After Bomb Threats
 

New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez and his opponent, Republican challenger Bob Hugin had their only debate Oct. 24. Although the two men agree on issues such as an immigration overhaul and protecting pre-existing conditions, there was no shortage of political and personal jabs.

Hugin challenged Menendez’s effectiveness in representing the Garden State, while Sen. Menendez accused Hugin of corporate greed for profit at the expense of cancer patients. Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales currently rates the race Likely Democratic.

McSally Defends Health Care Record in Testy Media Exchange
 

Arizona Senate hopeful Rep. Martha McSally defended her record on health care and the protection of pre-existing conditions at a campaign event Wednesday afternoon in Avondale, Ariz. 

“You know my heart, this is personal to a lot of people,” McSally said. “And we need a different policy model that brings down the cost, that provides more choice and allows people to get health insurance for their pre-existing conditions.”