House Votes To Expand ACA For First Time Since 2010

House Democrats approve health bill, seeking contrast with Trump's Obamacare assault

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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.

Contrasting the effort with the Trump administration's push to have the Supreme Court invalidate the Affordable Care Act, the House of Representatives on Monday approved an expansion of the law better known as Obamacare. "I hope that the Supreme Court will provide support to our nation's effort to make health care available and affordable".

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Combat inequity in health coverage faced by communities of color by expanding more affordable coverage to vulnerable populations and fighting the maternal mortality epidemic by requiring states to extend Medicaid or CHIP coverage to new mothers for a full year post-partum.

"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. 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. 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. "In the middle of a global pandemic when we're trying and rushing to find a cure and a vaccine for COVID-19, [Democrats] are going to bring a bill to the floor to stop drugs from coming to the market", Minority Whip Steve Scalise, Louisiana Republican, said on the floor. Only two Republicans voted for the legislation, Reps. This is because the plans under Trump's expansion do not have to cover pre-existing conditions.

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Expand coverage by encouraging Medicaid expansion and the expansion of state-based exchanges.

There's a pandemic going on, and a related economic cataclysm has rendered millions jobless and without employer-provided health insurance. "Hundreds of thousands of Americans have purchased health plans on the ACA marketplaces in recent months, fewer than analysts originally projected". [June 29, 2020] Roll Call: House Democrats to consider measure to strengthen Obamacare "House Democrats on Monday released legislation to bolster the 2010 health care law, which the Rules Committee plans to consider this week..." 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. The administration joined with several Republican state attorneys general seeking to upend the law.

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