FACT CHECK: Perdue, Republicans Repeatedly Supported Efforts to Gut Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions

August 26, 2020

Perdue voted multiple times to threaten protections for nearly 2 million Georgians with pre-existing conditions and supports the Republican lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act

ATLANTA — An Associated Press Fact Check outlined an array of misleading claims throughout the Republican National Convention, including President Trump’s attempt to distort Republicans’ record on pre-existing conditions. This deception was on full display in Senator David Perdue’s latest ad, where he claimed “health insurance should always cover pre-existing conditions” – yet Perdue has voted multiple times to gut protections and kick hundreds of thousands of Georgians off their health insurance.

Here’s the reality: people with pre-existing conditions are protected because of the Affordable Care Act, which President Trump and Senator Perdue are trying to dismantle. When asked if he supported the Republican lawsuit to strip away protections for those with pre-existing conditions, Perdue replied “of course” and claimed he “support[s] the President in his attempt to do that.” Perdue also voted to completely repeal the Affordable Care Act in just his first year in office. Now, ahead of a tightening race, Senator Perdue is trying to distort his record and deceive 1.8 million Georgians with pre-existing conditions who rely on the protections he has worked to dismantle.

“Senator Perdue has spent nearly six years trying to gut protections for Georgians with pre-existing conditions – and now that he’s trailing in the polls, he’s attempting to wash away his record,” said Braxton Brewington, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “Georgians do not trust Perdue to safeguard their health care and see his attempt to mislead families for exactly what it is – deception.”


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