Health 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 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 lifetime limits on coverage or drop people when they get sick. And, thanks to the law, Medicare’s 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 are attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act and sabotage the law. 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.

According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), TrumpCare would kick 23 million Americans off of their coverage by 2026, including 14 million who will lose coverage next year. The bill would increase premiums for millions of Americans, effectively bring back annual and lifetime limits on coverage, and allow insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions by pricing them out of the market. The bill would also impose an age tax on older Americans, undermine the Medicare Trust Fund, and kick vulnerable children, seniors in nursing homes, and Americans with disabilities off of Medicaid.

In addition to passage of TrumpCare in the House, Republicans are taking additional steps that inject uncertainty into the health insurance markets, such as prolonging their lawsuit over cost-sharing reduction payments. 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 own the health care system and if they want to improve health care access and affordability, they must stop their efforts to sabotage the law and work with Democrats to strengthen the ACA and ensure all Americans can access affordable health coverage.