"You are trying to rob us of the peace of mind that that provision gives us," she said as she started down the GOP side of the aisle.

"What you're trying to do is say, 'You should stay living in fear for an insurance company to boot you off your insurance because of the possibility of you getting sick again,' " she said. "It's unconscionable, it's unacceptable. Walk a mile in our shoes."

Wasserman Schultz called the GOP language a "little stunt," and agreed with other Democrats that it poses a risk of a government shutdown because Senate Democrats are expected to oppose it.

She spoke just before the House was expected to pass the language and send it back to the Senate. Senate Democrats have said they would quickly strip the language on Monday, leaving the House and Senate in a stalemate over a short-term spending bill for 2014.