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Vulnerable House Republican unveils resolution on pre-existing conditions

Vulnerable House Republican unveils resolution on pre-existing conditions
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Rep. Pete SessionsPeter Anderson SessionsElection Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight Vulnerable Republicans throw ‘Hail Mary’ on pre-existing conditions Marijuana and the midterms MORE (R-Texas) on Tuesday introduced a resolution intended to protect people with pre-existing conditions, illustrating the lengths vulnerable Republicans are going to try to show they favor those protections.

The resolution from Sessions, who is facing a close reelection race against Democrat Colin Allred, is nonbinding, but expresses the opinion of the House that pre-existing conditions should be protected.

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In a statement, Sessions said that “Obamacare has failed the American people,” but he added that he does want to preserve pre-existing condition protections.

“To cement these protections, I proudly introduced this resolution to ensure that patients with pre-existing conditions are protected from the erroneously high costs and the limited options they are experiencing now,” Sessions said.

The resolution does not spell out the details of how pre-existing conditions would be protected in the absence of ObamaCare.

Democrats have made pre-existing conditions one of their primary lines of attack on Republicans in races across the country. And Sessions is far from alone among vulnerable Republicans in seeking to express support for pre-existing condition protections.

For example, another vulnerable Republican, Rep. David YoungDavid Edmund YoungVulnerable Republicans throw ‘Hail Mary’ on pre-existing conditions Trump touts Kavanaugh confirmation at raucous Iowa rally Trump: ‘Dems will end ethanol’ MORE (R-Iowa), last month introduced his own resolution expressing support for the protections.

Democrats have countered by pointing out that Republicans like Sessions and Young last year voted for the House’s ObamaCare repeal and replacement bill, which would have allowed states to get waivers to allow insurers to spike premiums for people with pre-existing conditions. They also voted for full repeal of ObamaCare without a replacement in previous years during the Obama administration.

The resolution is cosponsored by other vulnerable members like Rep. Leonard LanceLeonard LanceGOP strategist says Republican candidates are 'all over the map' on immigration Money can’t buy happiness or elections, but it makes life easier Dems see blue 'tsunami' in House as Senate path narrows MORE (R-N.J.). It also has the support of Rep. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerElection Countdown: Dems outraise GOP in final stretch | 2018 midterms already most expensive in history | What to watch in second Cruz-O'Rourke debate | Trump raises 0M for reelection | Why Dems fear Avenatti's approach Heitkamp apologizes for ad misidentifying abuse, sexual assault victims Dems outraising Republicans in final stretch of midterms MORE (R-N.D.), who is running for Senate, as well as conservatives like House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsFusion GPS co-founder pleads the Fifth in Congress, attorney cries McCarthyism Fusion GPS co-founder pleads the Fifth following House GOP subpoena Trump makes new overtures to Democrats MORE (R-N.C.).