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Alek Skarlatos Says 'I Really Don't Agree' with Affordable Care Act, But Dodges Reporter Questions Once Again

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- October 14, 2020
Contact: Katrina Martell (214) 229-3610 or [email protected]

Eugene, Oregon— OR-04 Republican candidate Alek Skarlatos voiced clear opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on September 22 at the Eugene Rotary Club, but when KMTR reporter Kendall Bartley contacted his campaign, he refused to confirm his position. This follows a pattern of dodging reporter questions about his extreme positions on issues of importance to Oregon voters. When asked to answer for his opposition to COVID stimulus aid on Friday by KEZI reporter Jillian Smukler, Skarlatos dodged the question as he did earlier last week when KVAL reporter Angelina Dixson asked for comment.

“The GOP has been working to repeal the Affordable Care Act for a decade,” said DeFazio. “Neither Skarlatos nor the GOP have yet to offer any plan to replace it. No wonder he won’t answer questions about affordable health care, he’s out of step with Oregonians. If the ACA is repealed, that means coverage for 72,000 people in the Fourth Congressional district alone would be ripped away, while coverage for at least 317,000 people with pre-existing conditions in our district - including up to 36,000 children - would be in danger. If the ACA is repealed, 155,000 seniors on Medicare Part D in our district would see their prescription drug prices skyrocket and be subject to a $2,400 co-pay that the ACA did away with. A chilling thought as we face a devastating pandemic that has taken the lives of more than 215,000 Americans. We cannot afford to send a representative to Congress who would not protect our health care,” said Congressman Peter DeFazio.

Background:

On September 22, 2020 at the Rotary Club of Eugene, Alek Skarlatos was asked, “Do you support the Affordable Care Act? If yes, how do you propose to improve it? If no, please tell us about your preferable alternative to provide affordable health care to your constituents, especially those with pre-existing conditions?” Instead of providing a concrete plan for what he would do to replace the ACA if it falls in November, Alek Skarlatos responded, “Well, I don’t believe in discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions, however the Affordable Care Act I really don’t agree with.”

DeFazio has always stood up for Americans’ right to affordable healthcare, especially during tough times. He voted for H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act, to protect people with pre-existing conditions, so insurance companies cannot kick them off their coverage. And he is fighting the greedy pharmaceutical industry to lower the cost of Rx drugs. In September, 2020, DeFazio’s bill to curb health-insurance price gouging unanimously passed the House to help rein in skyrocketing health care costs and ensure consumer protections are in place to guard against the health insurance industry’s abuses and greed. He believes Social Security and Medicare are promises we made to our seniors who worked hard and earned them. He’s voted to stop attempts to cut benefits and will never privatize Medicare or Social Security. He wrote legislation to shore up these benefits, increasing the amount seniors receive and making sure these programs are there for future generations.

Posted on October 14, 2020 in Press Releases.

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