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IL-13 Debate Hosts Release Fact Check on Rodney Davis, Calling Health Care and Taxes Statements "False"and "Inaccurate"


Friday, October 19, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Following last night's electric debate between Betsy Dirksen Londrigan and Congressman Rodney Davis, the hosts and moderators from WGLT, NPR Illinois, and IL Public Media have released a comprehensive fact check. It highlighted Davis' habit of reiterating blatantly false, partisan claims that have been thoroughly debunked.

Key Points:

  • “Davis’s accusation [about Medicare for All] is false. Londrigan has never said she would fully support a single payer healthcare system, also known as 'Medicare for all' plan…”

  • "Davis’s statement [on pre-existing conditions] is misleading. The 2017 American Health Care Act bill has a line that states: 'Nothing in this Act shall be construed as permitting health insurance issuers to limit access to health coverage for individuals with preexisting conditions.' However, as Kaiser Health News reports, the most recent GOP bill to dramatically overhaul the ACA would have given states the authority to allow insurers to waive certain protections of pre-existing conditions, 'including the one requiring the same premiums be charged regardless of health status.' Thus, while Davis is technically correct in saying the AHCA would not change the ACA’s guarantee of coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, Londrigan is right in saying protections would be weakened under the AHCA, since the bill could have allowed rate hikes for people with pre-existing conditions that many could not afford."

  • “Davis argued the 2017 tax overhaul has nearly paid for itself through economic growth that’s led to more revenue for the government...This is misleading and inaccurate.”

Full fact check here.

This debate comes after a week of momentum for the Betsy Dirksen Londrigan campaign. Londrigan outraised Davis by nearly $1 million last quarter, polls show the race virtually tied, and Londrigan was endorsed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch because of her political independence and the fact that she is "more likely to march to her own drummer."