While the Mueller Report continues to make headlines and Trump continues his paranoid tweet tirade in denial, the Democratic majority in the U.S. House is hard at work trying to protect health care for all Americans. On a press call yesterday, Rep. Alma Adams detailed Democrats’ efforts to end Trump and Republican sabotage of the Affordable Care Act and deliver affordable, improved health care to all Americans.
Since taking the majority in January, House Democrats have worked to advance their health care agenda and plans to lower costs and improve care—while Republicans have dug in deeper on their efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. In March alone, Trump fully backed the disastrous Texas lawsuit that would repeal the law entirely, released a budget that slashes funding for Medicare and Medicaid, and ramped up his administration’s efforts to throw people off Medicaid by allowing states to implement work requirements.
Yesterday, Rep. Adams promised to resist these efforts, and pledged to continue defending North Carolinians’ health care
“I am proud to be working with my Democratic colleagues in the House to protect North Carolinians’ health care against partisan attacks. I want all North Carolinians to have access to quality, affordable health care, regardless of their medical histories.”
This month, Democrats voted to overturn Trump administration regulations that encourage junk plans, began the effort to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, and strengthened health care by taking steps to reverse Trump's sabotage agenda. The House passed two bills -- the Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions Act and the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act. These bills are only the start of the Democrats' agenda, which will ultimately include further efforts to rein in prescription drug costs, end surprise hospital bills, and increase financial assistance.
Polling shows that House Democrats have the American people on their side -- a recent PPP poll showed 82 percent of people support making it harder for big drug companies to block new, cheaper generic drugs -- one of the provisions in the Democratic legislation.
“Make no mistake about it: Health care is on the ballot again as we move into this next political season. In congress and legislatively, Democrats are delivering. In the Senate, Republicans like Thom Tillis have created a graveyard where this legislation is going to die" said Protect Our Care Executive Director Brad Woodhouse.
You can listen to the audio of the full press call here.