Statement ● Health Care
For Immediate Release: 
April 26, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today on House Democrats' Better Deal agenda. Below is a video and transcript of his remarks:

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“Mr. Speaker, this week, Democrats are highlighting our Better Deal we're offering the American people.

“One area where this Republican Congress has given the American people a bad deal is health care. Because of their repeated attempts to repeal and undermine the Affordable Care Act, uncertainty has plagued our health insurance markets, leading insurers to flee and premiums to go up. Republicans included in their tax law a provision that will take coverage away from 13 million people and hike premiums by more than 10% annually.

“The Trump Administration is also making every effort, Mr. Speaker, to unravel vital consumer protections through rulemaking. Now, many who were finally protected under the Affordable Care Act will again be vulnerable to discrimination and higher costs for comprehensive coverage.

"That's the Republican approach, unfortunately, to health care — higher costs, lower coverage, and, yes, an age tax. And the return to the days when insurers could deny coverage based upon pre-existing conditions.

“Democrats are offering A Better Deal — stabilizing markets, bringing down premiums, making prescription drugs more affordable, and protecting Medicare and Medicaid, which are Republican targets.”