New Cramer ad pushes back on health-care attacks

New Cramer ad pushes back on health-care attacks
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North Dakota Rep. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerSenators highlight threat from invasive species Overnight Defense: Top general wasn't consulted on Syria withdrawal | Senate passes bill breaking with Trump on Syria | What to watch for in State of the Union | US, South Korea reach deal on troop costs GOP senators think Trump would win vote on emergency declaration MORE (R), who is currently seeking Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary On The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction MORE's (D) seat, is defending his record on health care in a new ad pushing back on Democratic claims.

The video addresses attacks from Heitkamp about how Cramer’s votes would impact people with pre-existing conditions.

“Heidi, stop trying to mislead North Dakota,” a narrator says after showing images of three different ads run by either Heitkamp’s campaign or outside interest groups.

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Cramer’s campaign has called for Heitkamp to take down an ad they say cites inaccurate information about the number of people who would be impacted by changes to ObamaCare’s pre-existing condition protections.

“Here’s the truth: Kevin Cramer voted for guaranteed coverage for pre-existing conditions, and Heidi’s ads attacking Kevin on health care don’t pass the smell test,” the narrator says.

The fight over pre-existing condition protections has become one of the central messages for Democrats leading up to the November midterm elections, where they hope to win back control of the House and the Senate. They are facing a tough road in the upper chamber, where they have 10 members up for reelection in states that President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE won in 2016.

Cramer says he supports pre-existing condition protections, and the ads cite his vote for the GOP’s American Health Care Act last year, which would have repealed much of ObamaCare.

The bill would not have allowed insurers to deny coverage of people with pre-existing conditions, but it would have allowed states to get waivers allowing insurers to charge those people higher premiums.

A report from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 6.3 million people with pre-existing conditions would face higher premiums under the GOP bill.

Heitkamp is also attacking Cramer for supporting a Trump administration-backed lawsuit that would eliminate ObamaCare’s pre-existing condition protections.

The lawsuit, filed in Texas by 19 state attorneys general, argues that since the GOP tax law eliminated the individual mandate penalty, the law’s rules that prohibit insurers from denying people health insurance or charging them higher rates should be found unconstitutional.