Leader's Report ● Health Care
For Immediate Release: 
December 14, 2018
Message from the Democratic Whip

As Congress quickly approaches the December 21st deadline to fund the remainder of government, House Democrats are committed to working on a bipartisan basis to avoid another Trump shutdown. I was deeply disappointed and alarmed that President Trump declared earlier this week that he would be proud to shut down the government over his costly and ineffective border wall. Democrats are for border security, but we do not believe that a border wall is an effective use of taxpayer dollars. We have put forward two reasonable compromise offers to fund government, and I urge President Trump to accept one of them to keep government open, instead of holding funding hostage to his extreme demands. Republicans control all levers of government and are responsible for keeping government open. If the President refuses to work with us, then he will be the one to shut down government and he will be the one to blame.

On the Floor, House Republicans have failed to take action to address a number of other outstanding legislative items, including reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, the National Flood Insurance Program, and the Land and Water Conservation Fund. If Republicans fail to reauthorize these important programs, House Democrats will address them with long-term solutions in the 116th Congress.
Finally, open enrollment for health coverage in 2019 ends tomorrow night at midnight. I encourage all Americans to visit Healthcare.gov before the deadline to review plans and find one that best fits their needs. While the Trump Administration has taken unprecedented steps to sabotage the Affordable Care Act and make it harder for Americans to enroll, many Americans are finding cheaper options and more choice as they enroll. In fact, eight in ten Americans who buy coverage through HealthCare.gov are eligible for plans that cost them less than $75 a month. I encourage you to visit the website today and get covered.   

Sincerely yours,

Steny H. Hoyer
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