July 27, 2018/Press Release

ONE YEAR AGO: Josh Hawley in the Senate Would Have Left Missourians Worse Off

COLUMBIA, Mo. — One year ago today, a bipartisan Senate majority defeated Republicans’ attempt to sabotage health care for millions of Americans. Had just one more Republican voted for the disastrous proposal last year, it would have passed. This vote alone shows just how high the stakes are in the race for Missouri’s Senate seat — Josh Hawley has said he would have voted for the plan, resulting in fewer insured Missourians and higher premiums.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Republican bill would have raised premiums by as much as 20 percent and resulted in nearly half a million fewer insured Missourians over the next decade — disproportionately affecting those on Medicaid. The measure also would have eliminated funding for preventive health care provided under current law.

Hawley’s record as Attorney General makes his health care agenda perfectly clear. In February, Hawley filed a lawsuit that would end protections for the nearly 2.5 million Missourians with pre-existing conditions.

“It’s simple — if Josh Hawley had been in the Senate a year ago, Missourians would be worse off than they are today. Hawley’s record says all we need to know about his priorities: he will always put insurance companies and his special interest backers before Missouri families.”

Missouri Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Brooke Goren