Pelosi urges Dems to 'push' health care message day before midterms

Pelosi urges Dems to 'push' health care message day before midterms
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDemocrats are playing voters on their fantasies for impeachment The Hill's Morning Report - Trump tells House investigators 'no' Seven big decisions facing Biden in 2020 primary MORE (D-Calif.) urged Democrats to hone in on the issue of health care ahead of the midterm elections Tuesday. 

"I write to acknowledge the vital role Congressional Democrats played in protecting the Affordable Care Act and exposing the GOP’s monstrous health care agenda – and I urge all of us to continue to push this message in the next 24 hours," Pelosi wrote in a letter to House Democrats. 

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"Tomorrow, the American people will decide on the fate of our nation and the future of America’s working families. Health care is the key factor in voters’ decisions."

Democratic congressional candidates have zeroed in on health care and protections for people with pre-existing conditions in their campaigns, putting Republicans on the defensive for attempting to repeal ObamaCare.

Democrats argue Republicans want to take away ObamaCare's protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Those protections ban insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions or charging them more. 

Polls have shown health care is a top issue for voters, and FiveThirtyEight puts Democrats' chances of winning back the House at 87.5 percent. 

"Two years of inside maneuvering and outside mobilization against Trumpcare and the cruel, special interest Republican agenda on Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drugs and protections for people with pre-existing conditions has made victory possible tomorrow," Pelosi wrote. 

Republican candidates, especially those in competitive races, have argued they do support protections for people with pre-existing conditions, pointing to the House GOP's ObamaCare repeal and replace plan that passed last year. 

That plan would have required insurance companies cover people with pre-existing conditions, but states would have been allowed to eliminate ObamaCare's requirement that insurance companies charge healthy and sick people the same amount for coverage.