New Slotkin ad draws sharp contrast with opponent on critical health care issues

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October 8, 2020

ROCHESTER, Mich. – Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-8) today began airing a new television ad, “Don’t,” that highlights the stark differences with her opponent on the critical issue of health care and protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

The spot, which began airing on 8th District broadcast and cable outlets this morning, replays a key moment from the second debate between Slotkin and her opponent, Paul Junge, in which Junge suggested that the struggles of Slotkin’s late mother to maintain health coverage were because of “undue burdens and regulations” on insurance companies.

The ad captures Slotkin’s response: “Please don’t speak about my mother as if you understand what made her health care unaffordable to her. And I think it’s crazy that every time we ask you specific details about the thing that really helps people know that they’re going to be protected their kids are going to be protected, you deflect and start attacking me. And raising my mother? Come on, Paul.”


“On the issue 8th District residents ask about most, there is a clear difference between the candidates,” said Slotkin campaign spokesman Gordon Trowbridge. “Elissa Slotkin knows what the 310,000 8th District residents with a pre-existing condition face, and she’ll fight for them because she’s been there. Paul Junge has repeatedly shown that he does not grasp the real possibility that families across the district and the nation may soon be without coverage.”

Slotkin entered politics because of her mother’s story. A breast cancer survivor as a young woman, Judith Slotkin struggled with health coverage the rest of her life because her pre-existing condition meant insurance companies gouged her. When she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009, she had allowed her coverage to lapse.

Junge has claimed he will protect Americans with pre-existing conditions. But he has repeatedly refused to take a position on the Trump administration’s legal battle, to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 10, to invalidate the Affordable Care Act and its protections for pre-existing conditions. He has said he supports legislation introduced in Congress that health care experts say falls far short of the ACA’s protections, and he has failed to offer his own plan to ensure coverage for those with pre-existing conditions or replace the other protections of the ACA.

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