Debate Update: Morse Slams McClintock on Removing
Pre-Existing Conditions


Sunday, September 23rd, 2018
Makaiah Mohler, (530) 913-3242,
Anthony Kusich, (916) 288-2228,

MARIPOSA, Calif. – Moments ago, in an exchange during the first debate between Congressman Tom McClintock and challenger Jessica Morse, McClintock refused to say what pre-existing conditions he considers a "nuisance." In an interview from last year, McClintock called pre-existing health issues "nuisance conditions" that didn't need to be protected by law; he later voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would've kicked 300,000 residents of the 4th district off their health plans for having pre-existing conditions.

  • MORSE: He brushed off pre-existing conditions as ‘nuisances.’ Is cancer a nuisance? Is asthma a nuisance? These are not nuisances, these are a matter of life and death. For Congressman McClintock, healthcare is a matter of political ideology.

  • McCLINTOCK: I believe we need to put sick people in assigned risk pools. 

Today's debate is taking place at Mariposa County High School, and is currently the only confirmed debate between the two candidates.