Elise Stefanik Isn’t Who She Says She Is: Health Care Vote Would Have Punished People with Pre-Existing Conditions

“Stefanik Sided with Political Donors Instead of Defending New York Jobs”

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibits insurance companies from refusing coverage to people or charging people more money just because they may have “pre-existing conditions,” or health challenges they had before the effective date of their insurance coverage, whether or not any medical advice, diagnosis, care, or treatment was recommended or received before that date. Some of these conditions include asthma, diabetes, cancer and even pregnancy. This has been Federal law since January 1, 2014.

The insurance companies fought back and on May 4th of last year, Congress voted to repeal this protection for people by a razor-thin margin of 217 to 213. Elise Stefanik voted with the insurance companies and against everyday people, despite her public assurances.

One constituent directly impacted by her vote was Sara Carpenter of Queensbury, NY. She and her husband met with Rep. Stefanik in 2016, pleading with her to not vote to repeal the ACA.

“Stefanik voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act which would have either raised the premiums for insurance coverage or cut-off people living with conditions such as asthma, diabetes or cancer,” said Sara Carpenter

Carpenter went on to say, “My husband has cancer, which is a pre-existing condition, and his prescription drugs cost more than $100,000 a year. Despite promising to reach out to us again and discuss what bills she could support that would protect cancer patients like my husband, I have yet to hear from her. To this day, she has ignored our family and instead voted in favor of her corporate donors.”

An analysis by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics of Federal Election Commission reveals that since going to Congress, Elise Stefanik has taken more than two million dollars from corporate political action committees (PACs), which are special interests trying to influence votes in Congress. Here’s her breakdown through the last quarter, ending June 30, 2018:

  • $249,290 from the “Insurance” sector
  • $431,248 from “lawyers & lobbyists”
  • And during this session of Congress which voted to repeal protections, Stefanik received $39,500 from “Pharmaceuticals/Health Products.”

Tedra Cobb observed, “Cong. Stefanik’s voting record reflects the fact that she has spent her entire adult life playing politics in Washington, DC. She went to Washington, she took two million dollars from corporate donors and guess what, she voted their way. Elise Stefanik isn’t who she says she is.

“Send me to Congress and I’ll vote with Northern New York families without taking political money from insurance companies, big drug companies or their lobbyists. I will work for affordable and portable healthcare that is available to everyone, with no exclusions or premium increases due to pre-existing conditions.”

Learn more about Tedra Cobb’s ideas for more affordable and portable healthcare.

To schedule an interview with Sara Carpenter or Tedra Cobb, please contact Brian Phillips at brian@tedracobb.com

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