House Majority PAC, a Democratic group, has criticized Republican congressional challenger Doug Ose for his stances on veterans and Social Security. Now, in a new television ad, the group is targeting the former congressman for his pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a new plan.
Following is text of the ad and an analysis by Christopher Cadelago of The Bee Capitol Bureau.
Text: “Congressman Doug Ose says he has a new plan for health care. Here’s what he leaves out on his website. Ose supports letting insurance companies charge women more for health care. Forcing seniors to pay more for prescription drugs. And reducing access to free cancer screenings, mammograms, and prenatal care. Don’t let Doug Ose fool you. His ‘new plan’ hurts Californians.”
Analysis: It’s true Ose wants to repeal the health care law. The developer and ex-congressman has repeatedly said he would vote with House Republicans to strike Obamacare from the books. He says the law pushed through by Democrats and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court will harm the economy and hurt workers.
What the ad calls Ose’s “plan” is a statement on his website about how he would replace current law.
He says the system should offer more competition, allowing customers to buy cheaper health insurance plans offered in other states. He also wants to expand health savings accounts that allow customers to use pre-tax money to pay for care. Ose has also said any new plan should provide coverage, as current law does, for those with preexisting conditions.
But repeal of the law would include eliminating some other popular aspects, such as a provision that bars insurers from using gender as a factor in pricing, and free women’s preventive health care, such as cancer screenings and prenatal care. The law also allows some on Medicare Part D plans to save money on brand-name drugs.
Ose has never specifically come out in support of allowing women and seniors to be charged more. But he has yet to outline how to pay for a new system that would offer such benefits.