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Democratic Committee Leaders Slam New Trump Administration Health Care Sabotage

October 22, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the three House Democratic leaders of the committees with jurisdiction over health care, Ways and Means Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA), Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), released the following joint statement after the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of the Treasury issued new guidance. This guidance continues Republicans’ unrelenting push to sabotage health coverage, making it easier for states to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA), give Americans fewer benefits at higher costs, and again jeopardize coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions:

“Yet again, the Trump Administration is finding a way to unravel protections for people with pre-existing conditions, pushing Americans into insurance that provides less coverage at a higher cost. Allowing states to permit residents to buy these plans further destabilizes the health care market and drives up prices for people with pre-existing conditions. Loosening coverage requirements undermines protections that have helped millions of people gain access to affordable care. As Republicans keep trying to chip away at the ACA, they are putting the most vulnerable Americans at risk of buying an inadequate plan or being priced out of coverage altogether. Democrats will continue to fight against GOP health care sabotage.”