Dem Candidate Harley Rouda Dodges Questions on Support for Single-Payer Healthcare

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Democratic candidate Harley Rouda, who is challenging Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in California's toss-up 48th congressional district, recently dodged questions on his support of a single-payer healthcare system.

Rouda was approached by a video tracker from America Rising over the weekend and asked numerous times if he still backs the system but ignored the questions and continued walking.

The Democratic candidate previously came out in support of single-payer along with a number of other far-left positions.

Rouda backed expanding Medicaid to illegal immigrants at an event held by a liberal group during the Democratic primaries but later denied making the comments despite the forum being captured on video, the Washington Free Beacon previously reported.

Rouda also completed a questionnaire for the Progressive Democrats of America, a far-left group, as he was seeking the group's endorsement, which he ultimately received.

On the questionnaire, Rouda answered "yes" to supporting every position on the form if he were to be elected including single-payer, creating a commission to study reparations for slavery, and creating a Department of Peacebuilding, among others.

The questionnaire was posted on the Progressive Democrats of America's website but was later removed after Rohrabacher's campaign drew attention to the document in an email. The document, however, was saved and can be viewed here.

The group did not return previous requests for comment from the Free Beacon on Rouda's document and has since scrubbed every candidate's questionnaire from their website.

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Joe Schoffstall is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. Previously, he spent three years with the Media Research Center and was most recently with the Capitol City Project. He can be reached at His Twitter handle is @JoeSchoffstall.

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