Minnesota Rep. Jason Lewis, a Republican unseated in the midterm elections last week lashed out at the late Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain, blaming him for the party losing control of the House.
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Lewis pinned the wave of Democratic victories last week on McCain’s vote in July 2017 to sink a GOP attempt to repeal Obamacare.
“MCain’s last-minute decision prompted a ‘green wave’ of liberal special-interest money, which was used to propagate false claims that the House plan ‘gutted coverage for people with pre-existing conditions,'” Lewis wrote.
McCain, along with Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, crossed party lines to defeat the GOP’s so-called “skinny repeal” of Obamacare. The bill would have allowed states to waive key provisions in the landmark health care law, such as the requirements that insurers provide comprehensive coverage and put limits on consumers’ out-of-pocket spending. This would have likely raised costs for people with pre-existing conditions.
Health care was one of the most talked about issues in the midterm elections, and Obamacare’s protections for those with pre-existing conditions became a major point of focus. Despite the provisions of the White House-supported repeal effort and the Justice Department’s own legal filings to the contrary, President Donald Trump tweeted in late October that “Republicans will totally protect people with Pre-Existing Conditions.”
McCain died earlier this year and was a famed veteran of the Vietnam War. Lewis’ op-ed was published on Veterans’ Day.
Meghan McCain, daughter of the late senator, responded to the piece on Twitter, writing, “This is abhorrent.”
This is abhorrent. https://t.co/dPpjYcwk81
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) November 12, 2018
Lewis hails from Minnesota’s second district and was defeated by Democrat Angie Craig. The race attracted some national attention after a CNN review of audio from a radio program Lewis hosted found that the congressman had a history of misogynistic comments, including complaining people could not call women “sluts.”