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Lance preempts Malinowski attack over ACA

By Nikita Biryukov, June 08 2018 5:58 pm

Tom Malinowski, the Democratic nominee in the seventh congressional district, called for Rep. Leonard Lance to oppose President Donald Trump’s move to stop defending provisions in the Affordable Care Act from lawsuits alleging they are unconstitutional, but Lance already had.

The congressman told Bloomberg that the administration should back off and said Congress should step in if provisions for preexisting conditions are ruled unconstitutional. That article was published almost three hours before Malinowski’s call.

“My opponent, Leonard Lance, voted to repeal or gut the ACA more than 60 times, including its protections for preexisting conditions, and voted for the health care repeal bill in committee,” said Malinowksi in a statement. “With health insurance premiums rising and basic protections for the most vulnerable Americans under attack, it’s long past time for Lance to stand up for the people he claims to represent.”

Still, Lance didn’t vote for the American Health Care Act of 2017, the doomed Republican repeal of ACA that died in the Senate after narrowly passing the House, and while Malinowski’s calls for Medicare for all option puts him squarely on Lance’s left on healthcare, Lance isn’t as vulnerable on this issue as some other Republican incumbents are.

“Leonard has always supported healthcare reform that protects those with pre-existing conditions and replaces the onerous parts of Obamacare with cost-saving provisions like purchase of policies across state lines, small business pooling and medical malpractice reform,” said Lance campaign Manager Jim Hilk. “Tom Malinowski on the other hand wants to enact a left wing, single-payer system and destroy the employer-sponsored system that many in this Congressional District enjoy.”

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