Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is pounding Missouri voters with the message that her Republican challenger wants to end health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

The Republican, state Attorney General Josh Hawley, says that’s not true. He is among GOP candidates for Congress and governor across the country being forced to defend their stance on the issue.

FILE – This combination of Oct. 8, 2018, file photos show Indiana U.S. Senate candidates, Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, left, and former Republican state Rep. Mike Braun during a debate in Westville, Ind. Braun supports the GOP lawsuit to repeal former President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul while also saying Republicans should support legislation that protects pre-existing coverage. That made for a pointed moment in a recent debate. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Democrats are demanding the Republicans say how they will preserve protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions despite calling for repeal of former President Barack Obama’s health care law.

FILE – This combination of file photos shows Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker, left, and his Democratic challenger Tony Evers in the 2018 November general election. Walker, who is seeking a third term, has been working for years to repeal Obama’s health care law and signed off on the state attorney general joining the lawsuit against it. But earlier this year, Walker called for a state law that would bar insurers from denying a person health coverage due to a pre-existing condition. Evers, his Democratic rival, launched an ad calling on Walker to drop his support for the lawsuit. (Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

That protection has become one of the most popular provisions of the law, commonly known as Obamacare.

Source: The Associated Press

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