Health Care

Democrats are taking action to lower health care costs, bring down prescription drug prices, and fight back against Republican sabotage of the Affordable Care Act.
House Democrats have taken action to strengthen protections for people with pre-existing conditions, lower prescription drug prices, and fight against Republican efforts to take away health coverage and raise costs for millions of Americans.
 
The Affordable Care Act – enacted by President Obama and Congressional Democrats in 2010 – has 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 its enactment, 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.
 
Despite the progress made under the ACA, President Trump and Congressional Republicans worked for years to repeal the law. After failing to do so, they have sought to eliminate the law through the courts. On day one of the Democratic-led 116th Congress, House Democrats voted to authorize the House Counsel to intervene in the Republican lawsuit that seeks to invalidate the law, including its protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions. A few months later, House Democrats voted on a resolution to condemn the Trump Administration’s efforts to sabotage the ACA. In addition, ten bills have been passed to protect and expand access to coverage and address the cost of prescription drugs by bringing generic drugs to market more quickly and amending information provided by the FDA.
 
In December 2019, the House passed H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act. Too many Americans can’t afford their prescription drugs, and are forced to choose between medicines they need and paying rent or putting food on the table. This bill will give Medicare the power to negotiate directly with drug companies, which will help bring drug prices down. It will make those lower drug prices available to Americans with private insurance as well. It will also create a new out-of-pocket limit of $2,000 for prescription drug costs for those on Medicare Part-D.  The Lower Drug Costs Now Act saves American taxpayers approximately half a trillion dollars over the next ten years; the bill reinvests those savings to expand Medicare benefits to cover dental, vision, and hearing services; invest in new research, treatments, and cures; and combat the opioid crisis.
 
House committees have also held numerous health care-related hearings, including hearings to examine the Trump Administration’s efforts to sabotage the ACA, the cost of prescription drugs like insulin, the opioid crisis, maternal health, and surprise billing. House Democrats will continue to work through the committees to bring additional legislation to the Floor later in the year.
 
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.
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Next week, the House of Representatives will pass the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act.
12/5/19
Today, the House Committee on Ways and Means completed its markup of H.R. 3, House Democrats’ legislation to lower prescription drug prices. 
10/22/19
Today, House Democrats took a step forward in our effort to lower prescription drug costs for the American people as the Energy and Commerce and the Education and Labor Committees marked up H.R. 3, and the Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on it.
10/17/19
Today’s initial estimate from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirms that House Democrats’ bill to lower prescription drug costs, H.R. 3, will produce dramatic savings on prescription drug costs. 
10/11/19
President Trump’s announcement today is nothing more than a thinly veiled effort to disguise his Administration’s dismal record on health care and protecting seniors.
10/3/19
When Democrats enacted the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, we included an excise tax on high-cost health insurance plans based on economists’ view that it would bend the cost curve downward and achieve savings for consumers by discouraging unnecessary overspending on care. 
7/17/19
I am pleased that the House was able once more to come together today and pass a bipartisan bill to reauthorize critical intelligence programs that keep our country safe. 
7/17/19
Today, a federal appeals court will hear oral arguments in a case that will have tremendous impact on millions of American families. 
7/9/19
The Trump Administration’s gag rule prohibiting health care providers from recommending the full range of health care options to women must be stopped. 
6/20/19
This week, the House began consideration of appropriations legislation to fund the government. We began with a package of four funding bills: Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; Defense; State & Foreign Operations; and Energy and Water Development.
6/14/19
Last November, House Democrats pledged to the American people that lowering health care and prescription drug costs would be a top priority. 
5/21/19
If you put patients before politics, you will vote for this bill.
5/16/19
As the Trump Administration continues its efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, which would kick millions of Americans off of their insurance and remove patient protections, House Democrats are working to secure access to affordable health care and lower prescription drug costs as part of our For the People agenda.  
5/16/19
In 1973, the Supreme Court recognized that women have a Constitutional right to make decisions about their own bodies when it comes to reproductive health.
5/15/19
Following House passage today of two bills aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs and consideration tomorrow of legislation to protect coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, next week I will bring to the Floor a bill to protect and expand access to affordable health care for Americans.
5/8/19
Saturday, May 4, marked the two-year anniversary of House Republicans passing their TrumpCare bill to take health care coverage and protections away from millions of Americans.
5/7/19
The Trump Administration’s ongoing effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act in its entirety would harm millions of Americans. 
5/1/19
I want to thank Rep. Alma Adams and Rep. Lauren Underwood for launching this caucus, and thank you Rep. Joe Kennedy, for being a leader in fighting poverty and health disparities.
4/9/19
This week, House Democrats continued to take action on our For The People agenda.
4/5/19
I want to emphasize that we're concentrating on that in which we campaigned with the American public. In particular, we're focused on health care.
4/3/19
[The American people] want Congress… to work to improve and make our health care system work better for all Americans, and, yes, have it affordable and accessible.
4/2/19
The Trump Administration’s ongoing effort to take health care coverage away from millions of Americans and take critical protections away from millions more through sabotage and lawsuits is reprehensible.
3/29/19
This week, House Democrats continued to take action on our For the People agenda.
3/29/19
Last Congress, Republicans passed a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, raising health care costs and putting Americans with pre-existing conditions at risk. When that effort failed, the Trump Administration made every effort to sabotage the law.
3/26/19