As expected the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee $275,000 ad buy in the 2nd District race for Congress unloads on Republican incumbent Rep. French Hill. It’s on point highlighting his votes that would cripple insurance coverage for pre-existing illness and for a deficit-exploding tax cut that provides most benefits to the wealthy.

Democrat Clarke Tucker, Hill’s chief opponent, made all these points in the AETN debate taped yesterday for airing at 8 p.m. today, but was hampered by a lack of questioning on health care by the debate panelists. Thought Tucker did make a point of noting:

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“We know the American Health Care Act passed last year in the House would have removed critical protections for people with preexisting conditions,” Tucker said. “That issue affects every family in America, and that’s the issue that compelled me to run for Congress more than any other.” 

Hill again attempted to point Tucker as a Nancy Pelosi-loving tax-and-spend liberal. But he pretty well put away the Hypocrite of the Day award with this Tweet:

With a straight face Hill talks of a balanced budget after championing a tax cut that has added a trillion to the deficit while pouring comfort on the ultrarich.

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PS: When French Hill says the Affordable Care Act-killing bill he supported didn’t harm pre-existing illness coverage, don’t believe him. As the Congressional Budget Office explained at the time:

Community-rated premiums would rise over time, and people who are less healthy (including those with preexisting or newly acquired medical conditions) would ultimately be unable to purchase comprehensive nongroup health insurance at premiums comparable to those under current law, if they could purchase it at all—despite the additional funding that would be available under H.R. 1628 to help reduce premiums. As a result, the nongroup markets in those states would become unstable for people with higher-than-average expected health care costs. That instability would cause some people who would have been insured in the nongroup market under current law to be uninsured.

And that’s not all that was bad about the bill. Wrote Vox:

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The report projects that within 10 years, 23 million fewer Americans would have health care under the bill than under current law. Some of those Americans would be people with preexisting conditions, priced out of their insurance under the new rules of the post-AHCA health landscape. Republicans can challenge that analysis, but they can’t ignore it. It’s not what they said the bill would do.

By the way: Paul Krugman lays out clearly the dishonest path Republicans are following to try to explain away votes by Hill and others to trash the Affordable Care Act.