The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent a press release last week focused on PA-8 with claims about the Affordable Care Act that FactCheck.Org said are false.
DCCC’s release states that, “Data from the Department of Health and Human Services reveals that since 2010, up to 17 million children with pre-existing conditions, including 656,877 in Pennsylvania, can no longer be denied care because of their health, and beginning this January, that protection will extend to all adults – unless Congressman Fitzpatrick gets his way, sending us back to the old system where insurance companies were free to deny and drop coverage simply for having asthma as a child, or even getting strep throat.”
Over the weekend, FactCheck.Org called these claims inaccurate. The 656,877 number includes every child in Pennsylvania with a pre-existing condition, not specifically those who gained coverage after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, meaning that if it were repealed, those children would not necessarily lose coverage.
Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran Kevin Strouse is the endorsed DCCC candidate in PA-8 to challenge incumbent, Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks).
Earlier this month, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz declared that all of the DCCC candidates would be running in support of the Affordable Care Act, but so far, Strouse has not publicly supported the controversial legislation.
“While Washington insider Kevin Strouse remains silent on the issues, his puppet masters in Washington have made it clear that he will be running on Obamacare in 2014,” National Republican Campaign Committee Spokesman Ian Prior said. “So while millions of Americans lose their healthcare coverage and choices, Strouse will be continuing to do what he has done since announcing for Congress – spouting off tired and deceptive talking points emailed to his campaign every morning.”
Strouse faces scientist and businesswoman Shaughnessy Naughton in the Democratic primary, but both declined repeated questions from PoliticsPA about their stance on the ACA over the course of several weeks.
Correction: This article initially stated that DCCC sent an email to constituents. That email was, in fact, an email sent exclusively to press.