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 RosenThe 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority The Hill's 12:30 Report: Manafort sentenced to total of 7.5 years in prison Female Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations 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 suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary Oregon Dem top recipient of 2018 marijuana industry money, study finds 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 PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Dems look for traction following Barr-Mueller findings Democrats face dilemma after Mueller probe ends Raskin embraces role as constitutional scholar MORE (Calif.) and Democratic Whip Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerOmar controversy looms over AIPAC conference Raskin embraces role as constitutional scholar Hoyer says AIPAC remarks were 'misinterpreted' 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The lawsuit was brought by Republican attorneys general and argues ObamaCare is now unconstitutional since Congress repealed the 2010 law's individual mandate last year.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.