DEB FISCHER SIDES WITH INSURANCE COMPANIES, CAMPAIGN DONORS


(…) AT EXPENSE OF NEBRASKANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS

Fischer On The Side Of Her Campaign Donors In Lawsuit To End Protections For People With Pre-Existing Conditions

LINCOLN, NE – Sen. Deb Fischer is making it harder for Nebraska’s families to get the health care they need. With key protections for Nebraskans’ health insurance at stake, Fischer is siding with her party bosses and corporate campaign contributors and jeopardizing the real lives of Nebraskans living with pre-existing conditions from asthma to diabetes to heart disease — even pregnancy.

Twenty attorneys general from around the country, including Nebraska, are suing the federal government to deem the remaining aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional and end protections for patients with pre-existing medical conditions.​ In June, the Department of Justice declined to defend key provisions of the law — including protections for patients with pre-existing medical conditions. According to the Department of Health & Human Services, roughly 770,000 Nebraskans have a pre-existing health condition and Sen. Deb Fischer has refused to protect them against the latest attack on their access to quality, comprehensive health care.

“Since the age of 30, I’ve lived with asthma and thankfully, I’m able to keep my condition under control because of modern medicine. I know many families who struggle with this same disease and live in fear of losing their coverage and having to pay out-of-pocket, or worse. If this lawsuit is successful, hundreds of thousands of Nebraskans could be denied health insurance based on a pre-existing condition. We can’t afford to go back to a time when health insurance companies could deny individuals coverage because of a pre-existing condition like asthma or diabetes,” said Raybould. “Sen. Deb Fischer is so embedded with corporate special interests that she’s turned her back on Nebraskans just so health insurance and health care corporations to shape the law to benefit themselves. She’s gone completely Washington and the $200,000 in campaign donations she’s received from lobbyists and others associated with the health care industry are the reason why.”

Before protections enacted by the health care law, Nebraskans could be labeled by insurance companies as having a pre-existing condition — and subsequently denied health insurance — for:

  • ●  Asthma
  • ●  Pregnancy
  • ●  Obesity
  • ●  Organ transplants
  • ●  Cancer
  • ●  Multiple Sclerosis
  • ●  Alzheimer’s Disease
  • ●  Anemia (Aplastic, Cooley’s, Hemolytic, Mediterranean or Sickle Cell)
  • ●  AIDS or ARC
  • ●  Cerebral Palsy (infantile)
  • ●  Cirrhosis of the Liver
  • ●  Congestive Heart Failure
  • ●  Cystic Fibrosis
  • ●  Diabetes
  • ●  Dialysis
  • ●  Hepatitis (Type B, C or Chronic)
  • ●  Muscular Dystrophy
  • ●  Parkinson’s Disease
  • ●  TuberculosisThe term “pre-existing condition” is purposefully vague and allows insurance companies to come up with their own lists of uninsurable conditions.

    To date, Sen. Fischer has refused to stand up for Nebraskans and speak against the lawsuit or call on the Department of Justice to defend the crucial provision of the health care law that protects individuals with pre-existing conditions.

    “Nebraska deserves better. This state doesn’t need a senator who is more aligned with the corporate special interests who shower them with campaign cash. We need a senator who will answer the call of each and every Nebraskan to put their interests first,” concluded Raybould.

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A grocery store owner and faithful Catholic, Jane Raybould knows what it means to serve her community — to put community before self. She is running for the United States Senate to cut through the partisan bickering and get things done for Nebraskans, like her customers. Jane boldly announced she would refuse donations from corporate PACs because she knows the special interests hold too much sway in Washington. Her opponent, incumbent Senator Deb Fischer has enriched herself in office and voted with her party 98% of the time — even when those policies are harmful to Nebraskans.

Paid for by Raybould for US Senate.

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