House Democrats are planning to hold a vote to protect people with pre-existing conditions, a key issue that powered their victory on Tuesday, quickly after taking the majority next year.
A House Democratic aide said the vote would be on a measure to have the House of Representatives formally intervene in an anti-ObamaCare lawsuit to defend the health law.
House Democrats see the vote as an early way to highlight the issue of pre-existing conditions that helped them win back the majority, and potentially put House Republicans in a tough spot. Many House Republicans pledged during the campaign that they supported the protections for pre-existing conditions.
“Voters across the country have delivered a resounding verdict against Republicans’ war on health care,” said Henry Connelly, a spokesman for House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden to meet House Dems before Europe trip: report On The Money — Will the billionaire tax survive Joe Manchin? Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Democrats prepare to grill oil execs MORE (Calif.). “The new Democratic House Majority will move swiftly to defend the vital protections for people with people with pre-existing conditions still under legal assault by the GOP.”
The Washington Post reported a plan for a vote on pre-existing condition protections earlier on Thursday.
The lawsuit, brought by Texas and other GOP-led states, seeks to overturn all of ObamaCare. The Trump administration has supported it, specifically calling for the pre-existing condition protections to be struck down.