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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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
In the brief it filed last night in the Texas case against the Affordable Care Act, the Trump Administration endorses taking health coverage away from millions of Americans and eliminating consumer protections for tens of millions more, including the law’s protections for those with pre-existing health conditions. 
3/26/19
The Trump Administration’s decision to impose restrictions on the medical advice that health care providers can share with their patients puts millions of Americans at risk.
2/22/19
Today, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) announced that he will bring Fifth District resident Jacqueline Beale as his guest to President Trump's State of the Union Address on Tuesday evening. 
2/4/19
Last fall, Republicans tried to fool the American public by claiming they now support protections to ensure that those with pre-existing conditions can get the affordable health coverage they need – despite their repeated votes to take such protections away. 
1/9/19
Ahead of today’s vote on a resolution to affirm the House Counsel’s authorization to intervene in the GOP’s Texas v. United States lawsuit to defend the ACA, we wanted to be sure you saw highlights from a recent poll from Public Policy Polling:
1/9/19
President Trump’s choice of Mick Mulvaney as acting Chief of Staff is a deeply troubling indication that he is choosing confrontation over compromise.
12/15/18
On November 6, the American people overwhelmingly rejected Republican efforts to raise health care costs and kick millions of Americans with pre-existing health conditions off their insurance coverage.
12/14/18
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.
12/14/18
Americans have until Saturday at midnight to visit www.Healthcare.gov and explore their options for affordable health insurance coverage through the state and federal marketplaces.
12/13/18
Open enrollment for health coverage in 2019 is underway and lasts through December 15, giving Americans the opportunity to evaluate coverage options on Healthcare.gov and state exchanges and select a plan that fits their needs.
12/4/18
I am deeply honored to have been chosen by my Democratic colleagues to return to the position of House Majority Leader in the 116th Congress.
11/30/18
Over the last decade, the uninsured rate of children in America had been steadily decreasing. That was until President Trump and Congressional Republicans began sabotaging our health care system. Now, the uninsured rate for children is climbing for the first time in 10 years. A Vox article walks through the impact of GOP policies. Take a look: 

11/29/18
After trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act twice and launching a campaign of sabotage against it over the past two years, the American people delivered a sharp rebuke to President Trump and Republicans for their efforts to undo the critical health care reforms Democrats put in place. 
11/29/18