Pelosi hits McConnell over health care in floor speech

Pelosi hits McConnell over health care in floor speech
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiJohnson eyes Irish border in Brexit negotiations Mueller report fades from political conversation Five key players in Trump's trade battles MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday took aim at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPelosi, Schumer press for gun screenings as Trump inches away The malware election: Returning to paper ballots only way to prevent hacking First House Republican backs bill banning assault weapons MORE (R-Ky.) over health care, criticizing his opposition to House-passed bills and saying voters will reward Democrats during next year's election.

Pelosi blasted the Kentucky Republican for his vow to block Democrats’ agenda from becoming law. McConnell recently described himself as the "Grim Reaper" for progressive policies.

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"Sen. McConnell says that he is the Grim Reaper — he wears that as a badge of honor, that he is the Grim Reaper. He's going to kill any House legislation for the people, saying he will bury our bills in the Senate graveyard, effectively,” Pelosi said on the House floor. “That's really not a very hopeful political agenda — the Grim Reaper.”

Pelosi made the remarks in support of the Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act, a measure that would block the Trump administration's guidance to loosen restrictions on states’ abilities to waive certain requirements in the Affordable Care Act.

Proponents of the legislation have voiced concern that the administration’s guidance could allow states to charge higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions and undermine patient protections in other ways. Critics counter that the legislation would prevent states from being able to innovate and drive down premiums.

Pelosi argued that Democrats have been delivering on their promise to address health care, and said related bills are scheduled to come to the floor in coming weeks.

She added that the House-passed bills will resonate with voters at the polls next year.

“I have news for him: Legislation to protect the preexisting condition benefit and many of the other pieces of this agenda are alive and well among the American people, and they will make their voices heard," she said. "The American people want action and the special-interest GOP Senate needs to stop standing in their way, Leader McConnell.”