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Democrats Take Steps to Strengthen Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions And Reverse GOP Health Care Sabotage

By May 9, 2019September 13th, 2019No Comments

With Passage of H.R. 986, House Democrats Are Making Good on Their Promise to Crack Down on Junk Insurance Plans Pushed By the Trump Administration


Washington, DC – Today, Congress passed H.R. 986, the “Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act,” a bill spearheaded by Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) to block a major aspect of the Trump administration’s sabotage agenda that allows insurance companies to sell junk insurance plans that discriminate against Americans with pre-existing conditions. The White House has already threatened to veto the bill, making clear their intention to continue to gut these protections.

In response to today’s vote, Protect Our Care chair Leslie Dach released the following statement:

“The House Democrats voted to end the Trump administration’s policy that gave power back to insurance companies to sell ‘junk’ plans that gut protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions. No matter how many times President Trump and his Republican allies lie to the American people, it is clear they want to destroy our health care laws no matter the consequences for people with cancer, diabetes or other pre-existing conditions. The White House veto threat makes that crystal clear.

“Today’s vote is the first of many House Democrats will take to pursue their lower cost, better care agenda. In the next few weeks, Democrats will vote to overturn the sabotage of open enrollment, make health insurance affordable and reduce the costs of prescription drugs, sending a clear message to President Trump that Americans will not tolerate his war on health care.”