House passes ACA expansion bill largely as symbolic gesture

House passes ACA expansion bill largely as symbolic gesture

There is never an appropriate time to put people's health care at risk. They are a growing force in the party that will be important to Democrat Joe Biden's quest to defeat Republican President Donald Trump on November 3. So, of course, the Trump administration is doubling down on its attempt to rip up the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. That would mean 24 million Americans losing their health insurance; people with pre-existing conditions being denied coverage or charged exorbitant rates because of their illness; eliminating the federal and state health insurance exchanges; removing children up to age 26 from their parents' health insurance policy; and eliminating critical federal health care funding for Medicaid expansion and premium assistance.

The housing aid bill, which was passed weeks ago by the House as part of a broader coronavirus-response bill Republicans opposed, would extend through next March a renters' eviction moratorium and provide $100 billion to help pay landlords. The Democrats' bill, which will likely be shunned by the Republican-controlled Senate, also contains pieces of the party's H.R. 3 (116), including a requirement for the government to negotiate prices. "Democrats timed the vote to contrast with the Trump administration's legal brief filed with the Supreme Court last week calling for the ACA to be struck down, a move Democrats said would be even more harmful during the coronavirus pandemic". Only two Republicans voted for the legislation, Reps.

Crack down on junk plans & strengthens protections for people with pre-existing conditions by reversing the Trump Administration's expansion of junk health insurance plans that do not provide coverage for essential medical treatments and drugs, and that are allowed to discriminate against people with pre-existing medical conditions.

The pandemic and the resulting economic crisis are testing Obamacare's role as a safety net in a health system based around employer-sponsored health insurance. "Hundreds of thousands of Americans have purchased health plans on the ACA marketplaces in recent months, fewer than analysts originally projected". Additionally, the bill expands Medicaid and combats health coverage inequity faced by communities of color. Democratic states and the House of Representatives say the individual mandate is severable from the rest of the law. The administration joined with several Republican state attorneys general seeking to upend the law.

Monday's floor debate replayed much of the typical partisan sparring that's plagued Congress' health care efforts for the past decade - though it came amid new pressures from a pandemic that's expected to leave millions more without health insurance. "Those states are set to file their opening briefs on Friday".

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