Democratic Health Leaders Raise Concerns about Undermining Comprehensive Health Care

WASHINGTON –  Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ways and Means Ranking Member Richard Neal (MA-01), and Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) issued the following statement after the Department of Labor issued a proposed rule to rollback health coverage protections by expanding association health plans.

“Today, the Administration took further steps to undermine the health and well-being of the American people.  The Department of Labor proposed a new rule threatening health coverage for workers and owners of small businesses by allowing the sale of plans with no guarantee of comprehensive coverage for pre-existing conditions. This proposed rule comes less than a month after Congressional Republicans passed a tax bill that paid for tax cuts for billionaires and corporations by cutting health care for millions of middle class Americans. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the GOP tax bill will increase premiums by 10 percent and leave 13 million Americans without health insurance over the next 10 years.

“We are discouraged the administration and Congressional Republicans continue to go to great lengths to undermine the law - no matter the pain caused to millions of Americans.  Rather than undermining health coverage for millions of Americans, they should make good on their promise to work on real bipartisan solutions to improve our health care system and build on the progress of the Affordable Care Act.”

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Press Contact

Scott: Stephanie Lalle (202)-226-0853

Pallone: CJ Young (202) 225-5735

Neal: Erin Hatch (202) 225-4021