House Dems pressure GOP on pre-existing conditions protections

House Dems pressure GOP on pre-existing conditions protections
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A resolution backed by top House Democrats would allow the House to intervene in a pending federal lawsuit to defend the legality of ObamaCare.

The resolution, introduced by Rep. Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenInflux of women in Congress can improve women’s retirement security Overnight Health Care: DOJ seeks extension in ObamaCare lawsuit due to shutdown | Poll finds voters oppose court ruling against health law Press: White House not only for white males MORE (D-Nev.), mirrors one introduced in the Senate last week and is aimed squarely at congressional Republicans.

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Rosen is running for Senate against Republican incumbent Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerTrump’s shifting Cabinet to introduce new faces Trump's most memorable insults and nicknames of 2018 Progressive strategist says changing demographics will help Dems MORE, and the resolution was introduced Thursday, just days before the anniversary of the Senate’s failed vote to repeal ObamaCare.

State Democrats are already involved in the lawsuit, but the resolution would authorize the Office of the General Counsel of the House to intervene as well.

The resolution is backed by the top Democrats of all House committees with jurisdiction over health care, in addition to Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiSenators restart shutdown talks — and quickly hit roadblocks On The Money: Shutdown hits Day 24 | Trump touts need for wall in speech to farmers | Poll numbers sag | House Dems push stopgap bills | How the shutdown could harm the economy | TSA absences raise stakes for deal Feehery: Current shutdown impasse is a fight over peanuts MORE (Calif.) and Democratic Whip Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerThis week: No signs of urgency as shutdown enters fourth week Overnight Energy: House votes to reopen Interior, EPA | Dems question EPA over Wheeler confirmation prep | Virginia Dem backs Green New Deal House votes to reopen Interior, EPA as shutdown fight wages on MORE (Md.).

The lawsuit was brought by Republican attorneys general and argues ObamaCare is now unconstitutional since Congress repealed the 2010 law's individual mandate last year.

The Department of Justice has decided not to defend ObamaCare, writing in a June brief that the court should overturn provisions protecting individuals with pre-existing conditions.

“Refusing to defend the existing law could take us back to the days when insurance companies could discriminate against people for everything from battling cancer to being pregnant,” Rosen said in a statement. “I refuse to sit on the sidelines while this Administration declines to defend these life-saving protections, and I hope members of Congress on both sides of the aisle will support this resolution."

Sixteen Democratic attorneys general won the right to intervene in the case in May and have been defending ObamaCare in court.