GOP lawmaker's ad pledges support for pre-existing condition protections

GOP lawmaker's ad pledges support for pre-existing condition protections
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Rep. Dana RohrabacherDana Tyrone RohrabacherOn The Trail: The political losers of 2020 California was key factor in House GOP's 2020 success GOP's Steel wins California House race after Democrat Rouda concedes MORE (R-Calif.) on Wednesday released a reelection ad saying he wants to ensure protections for people with pre-existing conditions, making him the latest vulnerable Republican to highlight support for the ObamaCare provision.

In the digital ad, Rohrabacher said health care is a personal issue for him because his daughter was diagnosed with leukemia when she was eight years old.

“So for her and all our families, we must protect America’s healthcare system. That’s why I’m taking on both parties, and fighting for those with pre-existing conditions,” Rohrabacher says in the ad.

His campaign did not say how he is taking on the Republican party. A spokesman pointed to an op-ed from last year where Rohrabacher wrote that Medicare should bear all the costs of covering people with pre-existing conditions.

Rohrabacher voted for the House GOP's ObamaCare repeal and replacement bill, which would have allowed states to receive waivers allowing insurers to raise premiums for people with pre-existing conditions. He also joined with House Republicans in previous years to vote for full repeal of ObamaCare without a replacement.

Democrats have made pre-existing conditions one of their primary lines of attack against congressional Republicans, and Rohrabacher joins a list of GOP incumbents in tight reelection races who are publicly expressing support for pre-existing conditions protections.

At least two House Republicans have introduced non-binding resolutions backing pre-existing condition protections. Rohrabacher has not signed on as a cosponsor for either resolution.

The California Republican faces a formidable challenge from Harley Rouda (D), and his seat is rated a “toss up” by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.

Updated: 4:52 p.m.