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ON THE RECORD: Senate Republicans Side with Insurance Companies As Senate Democrats Force Vote to Protect Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

By October 31, 2019No Comments

Yesterday, Senate Democrats forced a vote on the Protect Pre-Existing Conditions Act, which would have rolled back the Trump administration’s promotion of harmful junk insurance plans that don’t protect people with pre-existing conditions. While Democrats voted to save these vital protections, Senate Republicans blocked the measure to side with the drug and insurance companies and Trump’s sabotage agenda.

Leader Chuck Schumer (NY): “The Trump Administration has done nearly everything imaginable to undermine protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions. That’s why Senate Democrats will force a crucial vote on the future of these health care protections.” [Leader Schumer Twitter, 10/30/19]

Senator Dick Durbin (IL): “Senate Republicans could have voted to protect health insurance for Americans with pre-existing conditions—such as diabetes, asthma, cancer, or heart disease. Instead, they backed President Trump’s proposal to allow discrimination against these individuals.” [Sen. Durbin Twitter, 10/30/19]

Senator Mark Warner (VA): “We cannot go back to the days when a pre-existing condition could mean a one-way ticket out of the middle class. That’s what’s at stake if the administration’s healthcare sabotage is successful. Today we’re forcing a vote to #ProtectPreExistingConditions.” [Sen. Warner Twitter, 10/30/19]

Senator Patty Murray (WA): “Today, 52 Senate Republicans went on the record against affordable health care and protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Today, 52 Senate Republicans voted against patients and families. Don’t forget.” [Sen. Murray Twitter, 10/30/19]

Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI): “Today I voted to stop the Trump Administration’s health care sabotage and overturn the rule promoting junk insurance plans. These plans threaten protections for millions of Michigan residents with pre-existing conditions. #ProtectPreExistingConditions.” [Sen. Stabenow Twitter, 10/30/19]

Senator Ron Wyden (OR): “Today, Senate Republicans will be put on the record about their support for pre-existing conditions. We will see if their actions reflect their promises to the American people. #ProtectOurCare.” [Sen. Wyden Twitter, 10/30/19]

Senator Tammy Baldwin (WI): “While Senate Democrats are working to help make things better for the American people, Senate Republicans are helping the Trump administration make things worse.” [Sen. Baldwin Twitter, 10/30/19]

Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT): “It’s simple, the Trump admin refuses to #ProtectPreExistingConditions. We must fight back against Republicans’ never-ending sabotage of Americans’ health care. That’s why @SenateDems voted to stop this admin’s dangerous rule gutting preexisting conditions.” [Sen. Blumenthal Twitter, 10/30/19]

Senator Tom Carper (DE): “Nearly 400,000 Delawareans and over 130 million Americans are living with pre-existing conditions. Today, I was proud to join @SenateDems and stand against the Trump Administration’s relentless attacks on critical protections for these Americans. #ProtectPreExistingConditions.” [Sen. Carper Twitter, 10/30/19]

Senator Bob Casey (PA): “Today @SenateDems will force a vote to stop the Trump Admin from allowing states to promote junk insurance that doesn’t #ProtectPreExistingConditions. We cannot stand by. If Republicans were serious about protecting people with pre-existing conditions, they would stand beside us.” [Sen. Casey Twitter, 10/30/19]

Senator Ed Markey (MA): “We can’t let the Trump administration and Republicans keep sabotaging our health care. I’m proud the @SenateDems are forcing a vote today to stop the Trump admin’s rule allowing states to promote junk insurance plans and #ProtectPreExistingConditions.” [Sen. Markey Twitter, 10/30/19]

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (NV): “My Republican colleagues say they support protections for people with preexisting conditions. Yet in today’s vote, they showed just how untrue that is. I’ll keep fighting attempts to send us back to the dark days of health care coverage in America when Nevadans didn’t have the peace of mind of being protected for having a preexisting condition.” [Sen. Cortez Masto Twitter, 10/30/19]

Senator Bob Menendez (NJ): “Senate Dems just forced a vote to reverse a Trump Admin rule that would undermine the ACA, threatening coverage for millions of hardworking Americans. For the 130M Americans & 3.8M NJans w/ a pre-existing condition, I’m voting to protect your care. #ProtectPreExistingConditions.” [Sen. Menendez Twitter, 10/30/19]

Senator Jeff Merkley (OR): “Trump is trying to destroy protections for pre-existing conditions by allowing states to promote “junk plans” that don’t cover essentials. I was proud to stand w/ @MarkWarner to force a vote that would protect Americans from this attack on their care…but deeply disappointed that my @SenateGOP colleagues voted No, as they keep trying to take care away from people who need it most. You would think they’d have learned from the 2018 elections that people want better, more affordable coverage—not efforts to take it away.” [Sen. Merkley Twitter, 10/30/19]

Senator Tom Udall (NM): “I was proud to take a stand today against the Trump admin’s #ACA sabotage that lures people into junk health care plans. Sad that @senatemajldr @senategop did not join us in protecting millions of Americans.I won’t stop fighting to #ProtectPreexistingConditions.” [Sen. Udall Twitter, 10/30/19]

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI): “.@realDonaldTrump & Republicans are working to take us back to the dark ages for patients when insurance companies could discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions like diabetes. Every American deserves high-quality health care. #ProtectPreExistingConditions.” [Sen. Whitehouse Twitter, 10/30/19]