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Kreidler: State's GOP House members must honor promise on pre-existing medical protection

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January 8, 2019

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler today called on the state’s three Republican congressional representatives (PDF, 165 KB) to protect people who need treatment for pre-existing medical conditions. 

In a letter to Reps. Cathy McMorris-Rogers (Spokane), Jaime Herrera-Beutler (Camas) and Dan Newhouse (Sunnyside), Kreidler urged them to support a congressional challenge to a recent court ruling against the Affordable Care Act. 

The U.S. House of Representatives has scheduled a vote Jan. 9 to protect Americans from losing benefits of the Affordable Care Act.  

A recent federal court ruling, if upheld, would strip Americans of many protections in the existing law. That includes the guarantee of health coverage even if a person has a pre-existing medical condition. 

“I’m calling on these representatives to defend the Affordable Care Act and keep their promises to protect their constituents,” Kreidler said. “This should not be another typical party-line vote. It’s time to put people over party alignment. Their votes will be a telling comment on where they really stand.”