With four days to go before the midterm election, Republican Congressional candidate Maria Elvira Salazar has lodged a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service accusing the left-leaning Center for Voter Information of mailing out fliers that “lie” about her healthcare stance.
Salazar, who is running to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Florida’s 27th Congressional district, said she wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act but maintain the federal law’s protections for patients with pre-existing conditions.
Under current law, championed by then-President Barack Obama and a Democratic Congress, health insurance companies can’t deny coverage or charge patients more because of health problems they had before their new health coverage began.
In a political mailer sent to a voter in District 27, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit states that Salazar does not “support requiring health insurance companies to cover individuals with pre-existing conditions” and that her opponent, Democrat Donna Shalala, does.
The mailer cites Salazar’s campaign website, which includes no mention of the Republican’s stance on maintaining coverage for pre-existing conditions.
Shalala, the former secretary of Health and Human Services, said she would defend the Affordable Care Act if elected.
Salazar, who held a press conference at her attorney’s office in Miami on Friday, said the flier’s claim that she supports stripping money from Medicaid was also false.
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