We rate this statement as True.

“Barletta voted to let insurance companies strip coverage for pre-existing conditions. ”

Stacie Ritter
Sen. Bob Casey campaign ad
Oct. 12, 2018

Controversial healthcare ad: Did Barletta vote to ‘strip coverage’ for pre-existing conditions?

Breaking down the attack ad that’s roiled the U.S. Senate race in PA.

Stacie Ritter of Lancaster County, an advocate for coverage of pre-existing conditions, is shown in a campaign ad for incumbent Democratic Senator from Pennsylvania Bob Casey.

Stacie Ritter of Lancaster County, an advocate for coverage of pre-existing conditions, is shown in a campaign ad for incumbent Democratic Senator from Pennsylvania Bob Casey.

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Full Statement

“Barletta voted to let insurance companies strip coverage for pre-existing conditions.” – Sen. Bob Casey campaign ad

Our Analysis

A television ad has roiled the race for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania over claims the Republican challenger voted to let insurance companies strip protections for pre-existing conditions. The Republican challenger has called the ad inaccurate and cruel, since his own grandson is fighting cancer.

The ad in question is running in support of Democratic incumbent Sen. Bob Casey and takes aim at Casey’s opponent, Congressman Lou Barletta, R-PA-11.

In the 30-second clip, Stacie Ritter of Lancaster County, the mother of twins with cancer and an advocate for coverage of pre-existing conditions, says, “In Congress, [Lou] Barletta voted to let insurance companies strip coverage for pre-existing conditions. Why would I ever vote for Lou Barletta?” The ad has since been pulled in Barletta’s home market of Scranton following his objections.

But is the claim true? Here’s what we found.