Schumer, Democrats to force vote on Trump administration's health care decision
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democrats are challenging recent efforts by the Trump administration that the senators say will weaken the Affordable Care Act and could drive up health care costs.
Their push comes nearly two weeks after a federal judge ruled health insurance companies can sell short-term policies, even if they do not cover pre-existing conditions that are required under the ACA.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters Wednesday that Democrats are introducing a resolution that would repeal what they’re calling the “junk insurance waiver.” The resolution, which would be authorized under the Congressional Review Act, would force a vote without opposition from Republicans, who control the Senate.
Schumer calls the administration’s move another attempt to under the Obama-era health care law, also known as Obamacare.
“The plans are so skimpy that they don’t even cover essential health benefits, prescription drugs, maternity coverage,” Schumer said during a news conference Wednesday. “The deductibles and co-pays are so high, the plans aren’t even worth the paper they are written on.”
The group of Democrats said they fear the short-term plans would persuade younger, healthier Americans to purchase those options and leave traditional insurance plans; simultaneously, that would leave older Americans and those with pre-existing conditions forced to pay higher prices for traditional health care coverage, the senators argue.
Senate Democrats used a Congressional Review Act to undo the Federal Communications Commission’s Net Neutrality rules a months ago.