For Immediate Release: October 29, 2020
Contact: Kevin Pikkel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ackerman releases new campaign ads, rebuts Amodei’s campaign rhetoric
Carson City, NV (October 29, 2020) – Today, Patricia Ackerman, candidate for Nevada’s Second Congressional District, addressed Rep. Mark Amodei’s misleading radio and television advertisements.
In a new ad released by his campaign, Amodei made the claim that “there are no bills that want to ignore pre-existing conditions.” Moreover, he also falsely claimed during an interview with Face The State that “Every single piece of legislation that’s been proposed says you can’t discriminate on preexisting.”
In 2017, Rep. Mark Amodei voted for the American Health Care Act, a bill which would have allowed health insurance companies to raise premiums on Americans with pre-existing conditions if they ever faced a break in coverage, making healthcare coverage prohibitively expensive for millions of people. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the bill would have also dropped 23 million Americans from their health insurance.
On his website, Amodei has refrained from mentioning skyrocketing premiums, while instead attempting to paint a much prettier picture of the healthcare legislation. In reality, the AHCA would have weakened protections for those with pre-existing conditions, raised costs on consumers, and increased the likelihood of losing coverage for certain conditions even if you had insurance.
In response to his inaccurate statements, Ackerman released the following statement:
“I demand that my opponent retract his healthcare advertisements, which are riddled with falsehoods. Frivolous protections for people with pre-existing conditions are not going to cut it anymore. My opponent voted against the Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act, which once again proved that he’s unwilling to do what’s best for Nevadans and fails to protect our most vulnerable populations. Our people, especially during this pandemic, should not be subject to increased fees while seeing their benefits cut. It’s unconscionable that Mark would continue to ignore the facts while livelihoods are at stake.”
Amodei also discusses defunding the police in another advertisement. Yet he fails to mention that he voted against the Heroes Act, a bill which would have allocated $600 million in additional funding to local law enforcement. In a third advertisement addressing unemployment, he suggests that recent COVID 19 relief proposals to help unemployed workers would pay too much. He’s also on the record stating that $600 a week is too much for Nevadans, and that $200 is more “realistic.”
Responding to Amodei’s comments, Ackerman stated that:
“It’s a slap in the face to all hardworking Nevadans for Mark to suggest that families in our state can survive on only $200 per week in unemployment benefits. Our families are hurting. Some can’t go back to work because of high risk family members, while others are back at work but barely earning enough money to make ends meet. We have the money to help our communities get back on their feet, but we are boggled down by partisan arguments. We cannot continue to downplay the severity of our economic crisis, but Mark is continuing to illustrate just how out of touch he is with the issues facing Northern Nevadans.”
Ackerman has now released two new advertisements: one against Mark’s healthcare claims and another to address unemployment. To view these ads, please see the links below.