Health Care

Under TrumpCare, millions of Americans would lose health coverage and pay more for less care.

In 2010, President Obama and Congressional Democrats put American families in control of their own health care and ended a system that put profits ahead of patients with the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. Since then, 20 million more Americans have gained access to quality, affordable health coverage. Americans with pre-existing conditions can no longer be discriminated against by insurance companies. Parents can now keep their children on their insurance plans up to age 26. Insurance companies are no longer allowed to put annual or lifetime limits on coverage or drop people when they get sick. And, thanks to the law, Medicare costs – from premiums and deductibles to overall program spending – have slowed to well below the levels projected before the law passed.

While Democrats are committed to building on the success of the Affordable Care Act, President Trump and Congressional Republicans wasted months in a failed effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They jammed their flawed TrumpCare legislation through the House of Representatives without a single hearing, without hearing from a single witness, and without knowing the full consequences of the bill until after it passed the House. Following House passage, Republicans in the Senate attempted to pass a number of versions of their own TrumpCare bill, but ultimately failed to secure votes to pass the legislation.  

While Republicans had multiple versions of legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the main points were always the same: tens of millions of Americans would be kicked off their covereage, premiums would increase for millions of Americans, annual and lifetime limits on coverage would effectively be brought back, and insurance companies would be allowed to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions by pricing them out of the market.

After their failure to repeal and replace the ACA, President Trump and Republicans are now taking steps to sabotage the law. Their actions are injecting uncertainty into health insurance markets, such as threatening to end cost-sharing reduction payments that reduce out-of-pocket costs for low-income working families. Already, consumers are seeing the impact of these actions with health insurers making plans to raise premiums or exit marketplaces. With control of all levers of government, Republicans are fully in charge of the health care system. Democrats will continue to urge Republicans to work with us to improve health care access and affordability and to strengthen the ACA and ensure all Americans can access affordable health coverage.

Health Care Related

While Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans prepare to bring their latest TrumpCare bill to the Floor next week, editorial boards across the country are voicing strong opposition to the legislation – which would be even worse for families than previous versions – and urging Senators to oppose it.

9/21/17

As Senate Republicans pursue their latest version of TrumpCare, a wide-range of organizations, including providers, patient and consumer advocates, hospitals, and insurers are voicing their opposition.

9/20/17

It is deeply disappointing that Senate Republicans would abandon the bipartisan Murray-Alexander effort to stabilize our health care markets.

9/19/17

Remember the “Jimmy Kimmel test” that Senator Bill Cassidy himself created?

9/19/17

Add a bipartisan group of governors to the list of those who are opposing Senate Republicans’ latest TrumpCare bill.

9/19/17

We have some news for all of the Republican Senators who have expressed concern about Americans with pre-existing conditions: the latest TrumpCare bill won’t protect them.

9/19/17

As zombie TrumpCare comes back to life once again, our Senate Republican friends should be aware that this latest version doesn’t address any of the issues they were concerned about before.

9/19/17

American families and their health care providers are sick and tired of the unnecessary uncertainty caused by Congressional Republicans’ obsession with repealing the Affordable Care Act. 

9/18/17

I’m pleased to see that the Senate came to an agreement on a long-term reauthorization of CHIP, which enables low-income families to access affordable health care coverage for their children.

9/13/17

Congress must take action before the end of the month to address a number of health care-related issues, including reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

9/12/17

If President Trump carries out his threat next week to end cost-sharing subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, he will cause premiums to rise 25% and explode the deficit by $194 billion over the next ten years.

8/15/17

As part of the Trump Administration's ongoing efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services has now abandoned outreach and education campaigns specifically aimed at helping millions of Latinos sign up for health insurance. From Talking Points Memo:

8/10/17