New Democrat Coalition Condemns the Administration’s Recent Federal Court Filing
Washington, DC, April 4, 2019
New Democrat Coalition Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.Res. 271 yesterday, a resolution condemning the Administration’s recent federal court filing asking the courts not only to strike down protections for people with pre-existing conditions, but also to eliminate every last protection and benefit provided by the Affordable Care Act (ACA):
“In the wake of the Administration’s court filing that pushes for the complete and total repeal of the Affordable Care Act, this bill is more critical than ever. I wasn’t in Congress when the ACA passed, and I don’t think the law is perfect. But the overall impact of the ACA has been undeniably positive; expanding coverage and securing critical protections for millions of Americans. Rather than unwinding the progress that’s been made, Congress should build on the success of the existing law by implementing this legislation. I will continue to fight for affordable health care for all Americans. I feel strongly that folks in DC should be working to make people’s lives better – not sabotaging the American health care system.”
Last week, in response to a letter sent by New Democrat Coalition Members, House Leadership introduced legislation to lower health insurance premiums, crack down on junk health insurance plans, and strengthen protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Neal, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Pallone, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Scott, and New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Health Care Task Force Co-Chair Angie Craig formally introduced H.R. 1884, the Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Health Care More Affordable Act of 2019.