Bobby Scott Delivers Counterpunch to Trump Admin’s Effort to Kill the ACA
Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) on Tuesday helped unveil a sweeping bill that Democratic lawmakers say would protect people living with pre-existing conditions, lower health care costs for consumers, and reverse the Trump Administration’s actions to sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Health Care More Affordable Act comes as the Trump administration on Monday said it supports a federal judge’s ruling that the ACA is unconstitutional, adding that it will seek to repeal the sweeping health care law in its entirety. Joining Scott, the Chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, in delivering the Democratic counterpunch were Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) -- all three Committees have jurisdiction over healthcare.“The American people are demanding that we support access to affordable health care -- not just with our words but with our actions,” said Scott. The bill would reverse the Trump administration’s efforts to give states waivers to undermine pre-existing condition protections and stops the expansion of “junk” insurance plans that discriminate against consumers. The legislation would also restore outreach and enrollment funding that has been gutted by the Trump administration and provide funding for navigators to assist consumers in signing up for health care. “The bill also protects consumers from the administration’s harmful proposals to erode essential health benefits that ensure that they have access to quality health care, including maternity care and substance use disorder treatment,” Scott said. The measure seeks to make healthcare more affordable by lowering health insurance premiums with strengthened and expanded affordability assistance. Specifically, the bill would expand the eligibility for premium tax credits beyond 400% of the federal poverty line and increase the size of tax credits for all income brackets. The legislation would also create a national reinsurance program to help cover the costs of consumers with expensive medical conditions, which they said would lower premiums for all and offer funding to states to establish their own State-based Marketplaces, which oftentimes have lower premiums. If Trump’s Justice Department’s position prevails, it would potentially eliminate health care for 21 million people and cause disruption across the U.S. health-care system -- from removing no-charge preventive services for older Americans on Medicare to voiding the expansion of Medicaid in most states. Read more about the plan here.