Richmond, VA — In a Facebook Live town hall earlier this week, Republican Nick Freitas doubled down on his opposition to the Affordable Care Act and protections for pre-existing conditions. Freitas, who previously has called the ACA "a cancer," admitted that it's "absolutely correct" to say that he wants to repeal the ACA and allow insurers to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions.
Freitas: "You've probably seen, I don't know, 27 ads saying that I don't support people with pre-existing conditions. Here's what they use as justification for that statement: they say that I want to get rid of the ACA, better known as Obamacare. They're absolutely correct."
Freitas has a long history of opposing affordable health care for his constituents. In 2018, he vowed to "lead the fight to repeal Obamacare full-stop." In 2014, he supported repealing the ACA without a replacement plan, and supported former Congressman Dave Brat's effort to "repeal or defund" the law.
Repealing the ACA and its protections for people with pre-existing conditions would leave 329,600 people in the 7th Congressional district vulnerable to losing their insurance or paying more for their health care. A Politifact analysis done earlier this month found the DCCC's ad that stated Freitas "supports a plan letting insurance companies deny coverage for preexisting conditions like asthma or diabetes" to be true.
"Nick Freitas's disastrous plan to repeal the ACA would raise the health care costs of over 300,000 residents of the 7th district. But don't take our word for it, just ask him. As he's done over and over again, Freitas is readily admitting that he wants health insurance to be more expensive and inaccessible for the most vulnerable people in Central Virginia," said DPVA Communications Director Grant Fox.