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Members of Congress Discuss Democrats’ Agenda of Lower Costs and Better Care; Call Out Trump’s Health Care Sabotage on Press Call

By March 29, 2019No Comments

Full press call audio here

Protect Our Care, Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo, Rep. Lauren Underwood and Rep. Angie Craig Speak Out  

Washington, DC – On a press call yesterday, Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Chair of the Health Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Rep. Angie Craig (MN- 2) along with Protect Our Care highlighted legislation introduced by House Democrats that will improve the nation’s health care system by strengthening protections for people with pre-existing conditions and lowering the cost of health care. That legislation includes Rep. Underwood’s Health Care Affordability Act, which expands coverage to over nine million Americans, and Rep. Craig’s State Health Care Premium Reduction Act, which helps to lower the cost of insurance premiums.

Participants on the call also discussed President Trump’s reckless health care sabotage, including his administration’s decision this week to push for dismantling the entire Affordable Care Act, which would rip away health care and raise costs for millions of Americans.

“In November, Democrats made a promise to the American people to lower their health care costs and undo the Trump Administration sabotage of the ACA, and this week the Democratic House is delivering on that promise,” said Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo. “On Wednesday, we passed twelve bills out of the Health Subcommittee that lower the costs of prescription drugs and make health care more affordable, while the Trump Administration tries to take health care away from millions of Americans.”

“Every American deserves access to quality and affordable health care, and I’m excited to work with my Democratic colleagues to strengthen and approve the nation’s health care system and lower prices for the American people,” said Congresswoman Lauren Underwood. “The legislation I introduced this week, which expands accessibility for premium tax credits for all income brackets and immediately lowers premiums for anyone who buys a marketplace plan, is part of an incredible step forward to giving Americans better health care at a lower cost.”

“In my conversations with hardworking families, the number one issue they want to tackle is healthcare – because they are experiencing the heart of the problem: if health care isn’t affordable, it isn’t accessible,” said Congresswoman Angie Craig. “That’s why I’ve been leading efforts to lower the cost of health insurance premiums through the State Health Care Premium Reduction Act and am grateful it has been incorporated into the Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Health Care More Affordable Act of 2019, which we are introducing yesterday to protect people with pre-existing conditions from unfair treatment and lower the cost of healthcare.”

“Thanks to the leadership of Chairwoman Eshoo and Representatives Underwood and Craig, Democrats are moving forward with an aggressive agenda that lowers health care costs, improves care, and reverses Republican sabotage,” said Protect Our Care chair Leslie Dach. “The contrast could not be clearer: Democrats are more focused than ever on delivering their promise of lower costs and better care, while Trump continues to sabotage the health care system and tries to rip health care away from millions of Americans.”

Full press call audio here