Top House Dem endorses Clinton, citing support for ObamaCare

Top House Dem endorses Clinton, citing support for ObamaCare
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The senior Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee threw his support behind Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE on Friday, citing her promise to strengthen ObamaCare if elected.

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), whose committee has jurisdiction over many healthcare issues, announced his endorsement just minutes after President Obama vetoed a GOP bill to repeal critical parts of his signature healthcare law.

“It is critical we work to elect a new president who will continue to protect the law and build upon it. We cannot allow Republicans to reverse the progress we have made to improve access to health care in this country,” Pallone wrote in a statement Friday.

“She’s been out front promoting the Affordable Care Act from the beginning and encouraging Americans to sign up for its coverage," Pallone said, underscoring the need "to have a President who will fight against GOP efforts to repeal or dismantle the Act."

Pallone played a key role in drafting the Affordable Care Act from his seat as chairman of the Energy and Commerce committee’s health panel.

He was first elected to the House in 1993.