House Votes To Expand ACA For First Time Since 2010


"To take such an action simply to double down on the same expansive, inefficient and bureaucratic approach to health coverage that the American people endured for the past decade makes it even more misguided and counter to the most urgent needs of the country", the White House said in a statement of administration policy.

"Despite a once-in-a-generation pandemic and an economic collapse never experienced in our lifetime, the Trump administration has made a decision to press the Supreme Court of the United States to eliminate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its entirety". The vote on the House measure will come around the same time as the Trump administration and Republican attorneys general seeking to overturn the health care law are set to file their opening briefs to the Supreme Court in Texas v. California. Instead, we should move towards making improvements, especially as so many people who have lost their jobs are relying on the law's protections and coverage programs.

Neither is likely to get much traction in the GOP-controlled Senate, but both proposals pad Democrats' legislative resumes headed into their fight to retain control of the House and chip into the Republicans' hold on the upper chamber.

Repeal of the ACA would mean that individuals who had COVID-19 would likely be denied health insurance. If the Trump Administration is successful, almost 54 million Americans living with a pre-existing condition could lose coverage. The legislation would add to some of the ACA's central elements by expanding eligibility for insurance subsidies to those at higher incomes and pressuring more than a dozen states to expand Medicaid.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi commented on how important the expansion is. Health care continues to top the polling of voter concerns in swing districts, according to the party's House campaign arm.

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Republicans criticized the bill as an expensive and ineffective double down on Obamacare.

There's a pandemic going on, and a related economic cataclysm has rendered millions jobless and without employer-provided health insurance.

Obamacare allows the freshly unemployed not only to hang onto coverage for a few months with expensive COBRA plans, but to sign up for coverage in state exchanges or through expanded Medicaid. Democratic states and the House of Representatives say the individual mandate is severable from the rest of the law. The legislation creates a national reinsurance program, which can lower premiums, and provides funds to states to help lower deductibles and out-of-pocket costs for everyone. It will also put a stop to Trump's expansion of junk insurance plans that do not have to meet all ACA requirements.

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