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U.S. Rep.-elect Underwood talks health care, Pelosi in national TV interview

Lauren Underwood
Lauren Underwood

Democratic U.S. Rep.-elect Lauren Underwood of Naperville appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday and discussed her election win before heading to Congress to represent Illinois’ 14th Congressional District.

“The president is certainly a factor,” Underwood said. “But in the Illinois 14th District, we had not been well-represented.”

Underwood argued that outgoing Rep. Randy Hultgren voted for repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare,” and did not act on escalating gun violence. She said Hultgren did not represent the district in the way that “we deserved.”

She was asked about what issue she needs to address to be re-elected. U.S. representatives are elected every two years.

“We have to protect health care for people with pre-existing conditions,” she said. “It is the most critical issue in this election.”

Underwood added that “protecting democracy is critically important” when asked about a soon-to-be Democratic-led House launching investigations into President Donald Trump and possible coordination with the Russian government interference with the 2016 election.

She did not directly say whether she would support Nancy Pelosi to be the next House speaker, but she said she was “looking forward” to having a conversation with whoever runs to be the most powerful Democrat in the federal government.

The 32-year-old nurse and health policy expert defeated Hultgren by carrying every county in the district.

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