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 SessionsFormer FBI Director William Sessions dies at age 90 Texas kicks off critical battle for House control The Hill's review of John Solomon's columns on Ukraine 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 YoungDemocrats gain lead in three of Iowa's four House districts: poll Former Rep. David Young wins GOP primary in bid for old House seat Trump lends support to swing district Republicans 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 LanceThomas Kean wins GOP primary to take on Rep. Tom Malinowski Gun debate to shape 2020 races GOP fears Trump backlash in suburbs MORE (R-N.J.). It also has the support of Rep. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerGOP skeptical of polling on Trump Senate passes sanctions bill targeting China over Hong Kong law Cruz urges Trump to support Israeli annexation MORE (R-N.D.), who is running for Senate, as well as conservatives like House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Miami pauses reopenings as COVID-19 infections rise, schools nationally plot return Overnight Health Care: Trump downplaying of COVID-19 sparks new criticism of response Trump downplaying sparks new criticism of COVID-19 response MORE (R-N.C.).