CONTACT: Katie Baker
***MEDIA ADVISORY FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 23 AT 12:30 PM EST***
House Republicans Pass Legislation to Promote Junk Plans and Undermine the ACA protections
Washington, D.C. — On Friday, June 23, at 12:30 PM, Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), House Committee on Education and the Workforce, will join Protect Our Care Virginia to discuss House Republicans’ vote to weaken protections for Virginians with pre-existing conditions and undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The call is a response to a legislative package House Republicans passed on Wednesday evening that includes several measures to promote junk health insurance plans that undermine patient protections under the ACA and weaken access to affordable health coverage. The Association Health Plans Act, Self Insurance Protection Act, and CHOICE Arrangement Act all promote insurance plans that undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions and fail to require coverage of essential services like hospital visits and prescription drugs. Health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), similar to health savings accounts, only reward the highest-income, and healthiest workers while worsening racial and ethnic inequities in health care.
These bills are just the latest in the Republican war on affordable, quality health care and gut protections for pre-existing conditions and are more about giving tax breaks to the wealthy. If signed into law, this legislation would only force more families to gamble with their health care, putting them at serious risk of medical debt if they get sick. Ranking Member Scott will highlight how President Biden and Democrats in Congress are working to lower costs and expand access to health care, despite ongoing Republican attacks.
WHO: Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03),
Protect Our Care, and healthcare storytellers
WHAT: Virtual Press Conference on Zoom
WHERE: Register to join the Zoom event (Registration required)
WHEN: Friday, June 23 at 12:30 PM EST