Senate candidate and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley slammed Democrats for their handling of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing, telling NBC's Chuck Todd the "debacle" is "hugely motivating to Missouri voters."
He also said eliminating Obamacare would bring down healthcare costs and suggested protecting people with pre-existing conditions could be done "in the law with a mandate."
"They cannot believe the conduct of these senate Democrats," Hawley said Sunday on "Meet the Press" regarding the Kavanaugh confirmation, which was extended by a week so the FBI could conduct an additional probe into allegations he sexually assaulted three women.
"They can't believe the smear campaign that they launched and how they dragged Dr. [Christine Blasey] Ford through mud as well and now this mob behavior we're seeing all over the country. It is motivating folks. But, of course, on healthcare as well, Missourians are paying outrageous healthcare costs, up 145 percent price increases in this state... They want to see that change, Claire McCaskill is responsible."
When pressed by Todd on how protections for pre-existing conditions could be passed, Hawley said there was a "number of ways to do it."
"My position is insurance companies should be required by law to protect folks with pre-existing conditions," said Hawley.
When asked whether it was consitutional to force insurance companies to do so, Hawley said, "I absolutely do."
"What's not constitutional is the requirement to have people buy health insurance they don't want. It's constitutional to say companies have to cover people with pre-existing conditions. My own little boy has a pre-existing condition and should be covered under the law. But we don't have to have Obamacare to do it. That's the big difference."
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