I have voted for Greg Walden in the past. But this time I won’t and here’s why: Mr. Walden has said numerous time he supports continued health insurance coverage of pre-existing conditions. Then, in 2017 he backed a bill that would have allowed the dismantling of coverage for pre-existing health conditions.
To put the importance of this issue into context, consider the fact that more than 1.6 million Oregon citizens — including almost one in four of those younger than 65 — have health conditions that are considered “pre-existing” by health insurance companies.
I know many people in Oregon and across the country, including family and friends, who fall into this category. Their lives would be disastrously affected if they were denied coverage because of a pre-existing health condition.
Walden has failed to keep his promise on this crucial issue. His opponent, Jamie McLeod-Skinner, has committed to fight for affordable and accessible healthcare for all, and to refuse any corporate funding. That’s unlike Walden, who has received more than $400,000 from Big Pharma and the health products sector in 2017-2018.