Dem chairman schedules hearing on pre-existing conditions

Greg Nash

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) will hold a hearing next week on protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions.

The hearing will be one of the committee’s first since Democrats regained the majority. 

No other information about the hearing, including who will testify, has been announced yet.

But Neal has frequently said that maintaining ObamaCare’s protections for those with pre-existing conditions is a top priority for him.{mosads} 

A coalition of 20 Republican-led states is currently challenging the law in court. A Texas judge recently sided with the states, but that ruling is being appealed by Democratic-led states. 

After assuming the House majority, Democrats held two floor votes directing the House legal counsel to defend the law in court. 

The bills, which passed, are largely symbolic and aren’t expected to have much of an impact on the case.

Democrats in Congress have used the lawsuit to accuse Republicans of not supporting protections for people with pre-existing conditions. 

The Trump administration declined to defend the law, arguing that those protections should be overturned.

The Energy and Commerce Committee also plans to have a hearing on the lawsuit soon, but has not yet announced a date.

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