Ted Cruz once shut down the government over Obamacare. Now, he vows to defend a key part of the law.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) — who’s repeatedly voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement and for the widely unpopular GOP health bill — told voters he wants to protect people with pre-existing conditions.

Cruz repeatedly misled Texans about his record and on Medicare for All during a debate with his Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke Tuesday night. With polls suggesting protections for people with pre-existing conditions are very popu...

Scott Walker vows to protect people with pre-existing conditions. There’s just one problem.

For two straight days, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has pushed the narrative that as long as he’s governor, “people with pre-existing conditions will always be covered.”

Covering pre-existing conditions is personal to me. Plus, it’s the right thing to do: pic.twitter.com/WmbnFNoX2Z

— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) October 15, 2018

I will always cover pre-existing conditions, period. My wife is Ty...

Missouri Senate nominee misleads on his pre-existing condition hypocrisy

Josh Hawley, the Republican nominee against Missouri’s US senator Claire McCaskill (D), has made protecting people with pre-existing conditions a key part of his campaign platform — even as he undermines those protections as his state’s attorney general.

Asked to reconcile that hypocrisy on Sunday, Hawley pretended that requiring that insurance companies offer some policy to the more than 100 million Americans with pre-existing medical conditions is the sa...

Ahead of midterms, Republicans suddenly pretend they haven’t opposed Medicare for decades

Once a upon a time, conservatives cautioned against the creation of a government-run health insurance program for people over 65, calling Medicare “socialized medicine.” But now — in campaign ads and speeches — Republicans across the country are positioning themselves as the real defenders of Medicare.

The new posturing helps conservatives claim they’re the ones preserving the status quo. Nevermind Republican lawmakers’ long quest to privatize Med...

Dean Heller attacks stage 4 cancer survivor while lying about his health care record

In a statement posted to his website, Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) attacks stage 4 cancer survivor Laura Packard as a “Democrat political operative” while falsely claiming he’s “stood up for Nevadans for pre-existing conditions.”

In reality, as ThinkProgress detailed, Heller and every other Senate Republican with the sole exception of Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) voted on Wednesday “against blocking the Trump administration’s expansion of health plans tha...

Senate Republicans show their true colors when it comes to pre-existing conditions

Protecting people with pre-existing conditions isn’t a priority for Republicans — lowering insurance premiums is. Senate Republicans said as much when they voted Wednesday against blocking the Trump administration’s expansion of health plans that can deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

In a 50-50 vote, Republicans defeated Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s (D-WI) resolution to overturn the Trump administration’s rule permitting insurers to sell sho...

Medicaid expansion is on the ballot again in Maine this November

PORTLAND, MAINE — “When I’m in pain, I take Tylenol. I can’t have it looked at,” said 59-year-old Ann Avery, her voice cracking before she started to cry.  

“I did find the list of some of the things that’s wrong me,” she told ThinkProgress. Depression, coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, and Piriformis syndrome, to name a few.  

“I have no idea what some of these things are,” Avery said. But she could tell you theyR...

Lies don’t get more brazen than the one Rohrabacher is telling his constituents about health care

On Wednesday afternoon, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) shared a touching campaign video detailing how his daughter Annika’s leukemia diagnosis made the need to protect people with pre-existing conditions personal for him.

“Politicians argue a lot about health care, but for me, it’s personal,” Rohrabacher says, while standing next to his daughter. “When my daughter Annika was 8 years old, she was afflicted with leukemia. It was devastating to my family, bu...