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
After years of bringing down the number of uninsured Americans to historic lows under the Obama Administration, it is jarring to see that figure jump by over 3 million people in 2017.
1/16/18
In addition to a bipartisan group of governors, children’s health care advocates are calling on Republican leadership to enact a long-term, bipartisan reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
12/21/17
ICYMI, the bipartisan National Governor’s Association is joining Democrats in urging Republicans to bring to the Floor a long-term, bipartisan reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Read their full statement here:
 
12/21/17
Nine million children receive health care coverage through the Children’s Health Insurance Program, but due to Republicans’ failure to enact a comprehensive, bipartisan reauthorization of the program, states are running out of money right now and putting coverage at risk. And where are Congressional Republicans?
12/20/17
Today is the last day of the open-enrollment period to sign up for health insurance coverage beginning in January 2018 through www.healthcare.gov.
12/15/17
I am deeply disappointed that Republicans chose to bring a partisan CHIP reauthorization bill to the Floor today that they know will not be signed into law.
11/3/17
Beginning today, Americans can log on to www.healthcare.gov to shop for health insurance plans for 2018. 
11/1/17
In the words of health insurers themselves, President Trump’s actions are raising Americans’ health care costs.
10/30/17
Today's ruling underscores exactly why Congress must enact the bipartisan Alexander-Murray compromise to stabilize our health insurance markets, which includes cost-sharing reduction payments and would reduce deficits by $3.8 billion.
10/25/17
When Republicans and Democrats sit down together in good faith and reach a real compromise, the results benefit the American people.
10/25/17
Yesterday, on the Senate Floor, Senate HELP Committee Chair Lamar Alexander urged his Republican colleagues to support the Murray-Alexander deal to stabilize insurance markets and bring down health care costs for consumers.
10/20/17