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As Lawsuit Threatens Pre-Existing Condition Coverage, Tucker Releases New Ad Promising to Protect Americans’ Health Care

LITTLE ROCK — As a lawsuit aimed at undermining key aspects of the Affordable Care Act goes to court today, Clarke Tucker, Democratic candidate for Arkansas’s 2nd Congressional District, released a new television ad focused on health care. The 30-second ad covers Tucker’s personal bout with cancer, his accomplishments fighting for affordable health care in the Arkansas State Legislature, and a promise to continue fighting to protect health care for Americans — especially those with pre-existing conditions — in the U.S. Congress.

“In life, health comes first, which is why every American deserves access to quality, affordable care, including those with pre-existing conditions,” Tucker said. “Last year, Congressman Hill voted for a bill that would have made care all but impossible for people, like me, with pre-existing conditions and for hundreds of thousands of working Arkansans who have care through Arkansas’s innovative, bi-partisan Medicaid expansion program. The bill also would have devastated community hospitals here in Arkansas. Even worse, Congressman Hill stated recently that he has ‘no regrets’ about that vote. While the lawsuit is dangerous, it merely highlights an ongoing threat to people’s ability to have affordable health care in this country and in this state. We must elect a new member of Congress who will protect us, our families, and our communities, and that’s what our campaign is about.”

Last year, the GOP-led U.S. House passed the American Health Care Act, which would have stripped away health care from millions of Americans and Arkansans by making care more expensive and less accessible for low-wage workers and the elderly, for those who have difficulty navigating an overly complex system, and for the 32% of Arkansans, including Tucker, who have a pre-existing condition. Congressman French Hill voted for the bill.

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