President Barack Obama Endorses Betsy Rader for Congress

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
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President Barack Obama Endorses Betsy Rader for Congress
Rader is running to make healthcare more affordable

Novelty, OH – On Monday, President Obama released a set of endorsements that included Betsy Rader, the Democratic nominee for Congress in Ohio’s 14th District. In announcing his endorsements, President Obama said that his endorsees are “Americans who aren’t just running against something, but for something.”

Betsy Rader worked in the Innovation Center at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, helping to implement the Affordable Care Act, in 2014 and 2015. She participated in the design of new cost-effective health care delivery systems for patients, including those with end stage renal disease, who are receiving kidney dialysis.

“Over the next several weeks, we have a chance to elect lots of talented, diverse, patriotic candidates who represent what’s best in the American spirit. So if you don’t like what’s going on right now, don’t boo. Vote. When you vote, you have the power to make sure a family keeps its health insurance. When you vote, you have the power to make sure we strengthen laws that protect women in the workplace from harassment and discrimination, and make sure they’re paid equally. When you vote, you have the power to make sure our voting rights are protected, and our criminal justice system treats everybody equally under the law. When you vote, you have the power to make it easier for a student to afford college, and harder for a disturbed person to shoot up a classroom,” said President Obama in his Facebook post endorsing candidates.

“It’s an honor to have the endorsement of President Obama. Like so many families in our district, I’m incredibly thankful for his work passing the Affordable Care Act that has improved the lives of millions of Americans,” said Betsy Rader. “We have a lot of work to do to make healthcare more affordable, but, thanks to President Obama, we now have protections for people with pre-existing conditions, expanded access to Medicaid that’s helping address the opioid crisis, and policies allowing parents to keep their children on their health insurance plans until they are 26. I’m looking forward to getting to Congress, protecting the progress we’ve made, and working to make healthcare and prescription drugs more affordable.”

In September, Betsy Rader released her first TV ad where she is riding her bicycle, sharing her story of being hit by a car while riding her bike as a kid–noting that she’s had back problems ever since and eventually had to get a spinal fusion. She highlights her experience working for the Cleveland Clinic and at Medicare and Medicaid, and commits to voters that she’ll fight for protections for people with pre-existing conditions and to make healthcare affordable for everyone. Rader’s second ad focuses on the rising costs of prescription drugs.

In past campaigns, Congressman David Joyce has made repealing the Affordable Care Act a key pillar in his pitch to voters. Joyce ran ads in both 2014 and 2016 affirming his commitment to repealing the ACA, but has since “erased boasts on his campaign website about his more than 30 votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act.