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Democratic congressional candidate Stephanie Schmid. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Schmid declines to drop mailer falsely claiming Smith backed GOP’s 2017 health plan

Incumbent was one of 20 House Republicans to vote against the bill

By Nikita Biryukov, October 21 2020 11:28 am

House challenger Stephanie Schmid again declined to abandon a campaign mailer that falsely claims Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton) backed a 2017 Republican health care plan that would have stripped Affordable Care Act protections for pre-existing conditions on Wednesday.

“Congressman Smith voted for a healthcare plan that guts protections for people with pre-existing conditions like cancer, asthma and diabetes,” the mailer says, falsely. “Congressman Smith voted to allow insurers to charge an age tax that raises premiums on older Americans and increases prescription costs.”

The campaign letter cites a New York Times article and a House roll call to Smith’s no vote on the American Health Care Act, congressional Republicans doomed plan to repeal and replace the ACA, to claim he supported bill.

Smith, along with every member of the state’s congressional delegation save former Reps. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) and Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding), voted against the bill, which passed the House, 217-193, but died after public outcry kept it from moving in the Senate.

The Times’ article and the House roll call correctly reflect Smith’s  no vote.

Reached by the New Jersey Globe Wednesday, Schmid declined to comment on the mailer’s factual errors

“Nope, I’m headed into a meeting, and I answered this because I thought it was the person that I’m meeting with, so I don’t have the time to give you a full statement or interview right now,” she said after being told the topic of the Globe’s questions and directing the question to a campaign spokesperson.

The Democrat stood by the mailer when made aware of its inaccuracies during an Asbury Park Press debate on Monday.

“All of our mailers are perfectly researched. I stand by them,” she said at the time.

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