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Senate candidate lobbied health care bill she opposes
Sacramento Bee

It is one challenge that the California Republican Party’s anointed U.S. Senate candidate, Elizabeth Emken, must face 22 opponents in her effort to finish second to Democrat Dianne Feinstein on June 5 and make the November runoff.

But this week, Emken was in Sacramento explaining how she was against President Barack Obama’s federal health care bill in 2009 at the same time she was lobbying for autism services to be included in it.

The Danville Republican, whose 19-year-old son is autistic, said the effort to include the language was important – to her and the nonprofit for which she was lobbying – because autism is a “perfect example of a catastrophic medical event” that some insurers will not cover.

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