Patrick Morrisey on Health Care



Sued to end coverage of preexisting conditions

Q: Support or Repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as ObamaCare?

Joe Manchin (D): Needs improvement, but supports its preventive care, protections for pre-existing conditions, costs of prescription drugs, & support to fight opioid epidemic. Unacceptable to go back to when 250,000 West Virginians went without healthcare.

Patrick Morrisey (R): Repeal. Joined lawsuit that would end coverage of preexisting conditions. ACA has "utterly failed our country & West Virginia," causing higher insurance premiums, & leading businesses to drop health care coverage altogether.

Q: Should the Federal government support miners' pensions & health care when companies go bankrupt?

Joe Manchin (D): Yes. Spearheaded bill to fund health care benefits & pensions for union miners.

Patrick Morrisey (R): No statement found.

Source: 2018 CampusElect Issue Guide on West Virginia Senate race , Oct 9, 2018

Was lobbyist for pharmaceutical distributors; wife still is

The fight against [prescription pill over-distribution] is complex, as one look at Morrisey's career path makes plain: "In my past practice I was the co-chair of a large healthcare pharmaceutical practice. I had worked on Capitol Hill before. So I've done a lot of compliance work, regulatory work," Morrisey said.

We asked, "From 2010-12 were you lobbying on behalf of pharmaceutical distributors?"

"Well I was a private lawyer and we did do some lobbying work," Morrisey explained.

As a lobbyist, Morrisey was paid $250,000 to represent a pharmaceutical trade group funded by some of the same distributors WV is now suing. He also took more than $8,000 in political contributions from Cardinal Health, a defendant in one of the state's lawsuits. The WV bar was concerned enough about a potential conflict to launch an investigation. Morrisey says he is now "permanently screened" from the case. That didn't end the questions. Morrisey's wife is a lobbyist. One of her biggest clients? Cardinal Health.

Source: CBS News on 2018 West Virginia Senate race , Jun 2, 2016

Repeal ObamaCare; oppose individual mandate

Patrick Morrisey supports repealing ObamaCare. He strongly opposes the individual mandate that will apply a civil penalty on citizens (for the first time ever) if they do not enter into commerce, purchase health insurance, and sign a contract with a private party. That is the opposite of freedom and establishes a dangerous precedent for our country. If the government gains the ability to force an individual to enter into a private contract, it will arguably be able to penalize individuals when they don't eat broccoli or go to the gym.

As a lawyer in private practice, Patrick Morrisey assisted the 26-states in their lawsuit to overturn the individual mandate and helped the U.S. House of Representatives in their efforts to replace the law. As Attorney General, Patrick Morrisey will join the multi-state lawsuit against the law and ensure that our state's interests are protected.

Source: W.V. State Attorney General website PatrickMorrisey.com , Nov 1, 2012

Repeal healthcare mandate, according to CC survey.

Morrisey supports the CC survey question on healthcare mandate

The Christian Coalition Voter Guide inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Repealing the Nationalized Health Care System that Forces Citizens to Buy Insurance ' Christian Coalition's self-description: "Christian Voter Guide is a clearing-house for traditional, pro-family voter guides. We do not create voter guides, nor do we interview or endorse candidates."

Source: Christian Coalition Surve 18CC-5 on Jul 1, 2018

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