Washington DC – Ahead of tonight’s debate between Senator Claire McCaskill and Attorney General Josh Hawley, a health care repeal-and-sabotage crusader who is suing to end protections for people with pre-existing conditions, Brad Woodhouse, executive director of Protect Our Care, issue the following statement:

 

“Tonight, the world will have another opportunity to see Josh Hawley for what he truly is: a politician who will say one thing to get elected, while doing the opposite. Hawley’s health care hypocrisy — calling yourself a protector of people with pre-existing conditions while going to Court to end the law that guarantees coverage without discrimination against them — has made him the face of the GOP’s desperate ‘Operation: Obfuscation’ on health care. Make no mistake: Hawley is only working to distort his record on health care because he knows it is contrary to what Missouri voters want. What they do want is a Senator like Claire McCaskill who will stand up for their health care, protect people with pre-existing conditions and fight to  lower the high cost of prescription drugs”

 

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND:

 

Despite Hawley campaigned on Dismantle The ACA And Now Is A Party In A Lawsuit To Eliminate Protections For Pre-existing conditions

 

Hawley Ran For Attorney General “On A Platform Largely Based On His Role In A Lawsuit Against The Affordable Care Act.” “Hawley, who had no previous political experience, ran on a platform largely based on his role in a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act that went to the U.S. Supreme Court. As a private attorney, he worked with more than a dozen lawyers on a case in which Hobby Lobby and other businesses challenged a federal requirement to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives for employees.” [St. Louis Post Dispatch, 3/17/17]

 

Hawley: “I’ve Fought Obamacare In The Supreme Court Of The United States.” “I’ve fought Obamacare in the Supreme Court of the United States—and won. As Attorney General, I will keep up the fight until Missourians get real control over their healthcare and Missouri job creators are free to get our state back to work.” [Hawley For Attorney General, Archived 6/23/17]  

 

What would full repeal of the Affordable Care Act eliminate?

  • Protections for 2,495,400 Missourians with pre-existing conditions, if they buy coverage on their own
  • Improvements to Medicare, including reduced costs for prescription drugs
  • Allowing kids to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26
  • Ban on annual and lifetime limits
  • Ban on insurance discrimination against women
  • Limit on out-of-pocket costs
  • Medicaid expansion currently covering 15 million people nationally

Hawley Said Replacing The ACA Would Be “A Top Priority” For Him In The Senate. [Politico, 8/17/18]

 

Hawley Falsely Claimed That The ACA Resulted In “Millions Of Americans” Losing Their Health Insurance. [Josh Hawley Op-Ed, Springfield News-Leader, 8/20/18]