Democrats pressuring Ellmers on health care
Democrats in North Carolina are trying to pressure Republican U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers to support the health care overhaul that passed Congress last year.Posted — Updated
The Democratic National Committee's Organizing for America project is holding a phone bank Tuesday to call constituents in Ellmers' district.
Republicans are looking to repeal the health care measure this week. Ellmers is a career nurse and North Carolina's newest member of Congress after ousting a Democratic incumbent in November. Her campaign message largely focused on repealing the law.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report Tuesday that estimated 4.1 million North Carolina residents could be denied insurance coverage if the health care law is repealed because they have pre-existing health problems.
“The Affordable Care Act is stopping insurance companies from discriminating against Americans with pre-existing conditions and is giving us all more freedom and control over our health care decisions,” Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement.
The HHS report said up to 129 million people nationwide have pre-existing conditions that could leave them uninsured without the protections offered by the year-old law.
Ellmers is the only North Carolina member of the delegation that the Democrats are trying to sway. She issued a statement late Tuesday that the effort won't affect her vote.
"Some people might find it unusual that a politician would follow through on a pledge, but I ran for Congress on a simple platform – to cut spending, cut taxes and repeal 'Obamacare,'" she said. "With one of my first votes in the 112th Congress, I will keep my promise and vote to repeal it. No matter how much the Democrats wish to attack me for it, I am following through on a pledge that obviously resonated with the voters."
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