Sharice Davids speaking to supporters. Photo by Rhonda LeValdo
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — On Wednesday, a Texas court will begin hearing oral arguments in a case supported by the Trump Administration that could remove protections for people with preexisting conditions – a central component of the Affordable Care Act.
Congressman Kevin Yoder, who has taken nearly $500,000 from the insurance industry, has voted 19 times to repeal the ACA and remove preexisting conditions protections. He has also supported the partisan Trump agenda 92 percent of the time.
Sharice Davids, Democratic candidate for Congress in Kansas’ Third Congressional District, released the following statement:
“Whether it’s court cases he supports or his votes in Congress, Kevin Yoder had repeatedly sided with the special interests and Donald Trump over Kansans. After taking hundreds of thousands from the insurance industry, Yoder voted again and again to line the pockets of his insurance company friends instead of to protect our care.
And now he’s standing by as the Trump Administration attempts to rip health care away from people who’ve had cancer, diabetes, and asthma. It’s just wrong. Kansans deserve a representative who will fight for them, not their party, and not the special interests. That’s exactly the kind of representative I plan to be.”
Davids, a tribal citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation, won the Democratic nomination in Kansas 3rd Congressional District on August 8, 2018. Davids will face incumbent GOP Congressman Kevin Yoder in the general election in November.
Davids is one of two American Indian women running for Congress. Deb Haaland (Laguana Pueblo) is running in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional district. Given there has never been an American Indian woman in Congress, Indian Country is rooting for both candidates.