Campaign 2010

Aug 31, 2010

Joseph Cao (R) and Washington Republicans: Against Health Insurance Reform

Today, Democrats highlighted Republican Representative Joseph Cao’s (LA-02) vote against President Obama’s historic Health Insurance Reform which improves and expands health care coverage, closes the prescription drug donut hole for 61,000 seniors and protects health insurance for the 12,600 residents with pre-existing medical conditions. None of this would have been possible if Representative Cao and his Washington Republicans had been successful in defeating the measure. Just prior to voting against Health Insurance Reform, Cao was the beneficiary of a high dollar private fundraiser with House Republican Leader John Boehner. [Roll Call, 3/16/10]

“Representative Cao and Washington Republicans did everything they could to try and block President Obama’s historic Health Insurance Reform,” said Jesse Ferguson, Southern Regional Press Secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Whether it was trying to block improved health care coverage for 186,000 residents or opposing tax credits and assistance for over 100,000 families to help afford coverage, Joseph Cao’s record in Congress is great news for health insurance companies but bad news for the families of his district. No thanks to Representative Cao, Democrats successfully protected health care coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, have begun to close the prescription drug donut hole for seniors and are expanding coverage to thousands more Louisiana families. He stood with big health insurance companies and Washington Republicans in blocking the measure.”

This is the second in a series where Representative Cao has stood with Washington Republicans and against the people of Louisiana’s 2nd district.  Democrats previously highlighted that Cao voted against President Obama’s Economic Recovery Act which created or saved 2nd district jobs and was responsible for construction projects to help rebuild local infrastructure.

Background: Cao’s Record

  • Cao opposed historic Health Insurance Reform. For Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District, Cao’s vote against health insurance reform was a vote against:
  • Improving coverage for 186,000 residents.
  • Providing tax credits and assistance for 102,000 families and 11,100 small businesses to purchase affordable coverage.
  • Improving Medicare for 61,000 seniors, including closing the prescription drug donut hole.
  • Guaranteeing that 12,600 residents with pre-existing medical conditions can obtain coverage.
  • Protecting 400 families from bankruptcy due to unaffordable health care costs.
  • Allowing 42,000 young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plans.
  • Reducing the cost of uncompensated care for hospitals and other health care providers by $61 Million annually.

            Source: The House Energy and Commerce Committee; [H.R. 3590, #165, 3/21/2010]

  • FactCheck.org: "The New Law Does Not Provide Direct Federal Funding For Abortion."

"The law says individuals who get federal subsidy dollars must use their private money to pay for coverage of abortion except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. Claims that the new law will lead to a large increase in the number of abortions lack support. Strictly speaking, the new law does not provide direct federal funding for abortion, except in cases of rape or incest, or to save the life of the mother - the same rules that now apply to Medicaid coverage for low-income persons and to the insurance available to federal workers and military families. In fact, the new law states specifically that federal funds are not to be used for coverage of any other kinds of abortions, and that only premium dollars paid by individuals out of their own pockets may be used to pay for coverage of other kinds of abortions."  [FactCheck.org, 4/1/10]