Democrats to force vote on Trump health care rule

Democrats to force vote on Trump health care rule
© Aaron Schwartz
Senate Democrats took action this week that will force a floor vote on a Trump administration rule that loosens ObamaCare waiver restrictions.

The move by Democrats, led by Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Senate Democrats want Warren to talk costs on 'Medicare for All' US ban on China tech giant faces uncertainty a month out MORE (Va.), paves the way for a recorded vote on whether to roll back a rule that makes it easier for insurance plans to qualify for waivers from ObamaCare’s requirements.

Democrats are able to force a vote on the Trump administration guidance under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Under the CRA they have to force a vote by Nov. 12.

The resolution, backed by every senator who caucuses with the Democrats, needs a simple majority to pass, meaning Democrats would need to pick up four GOP senators.

Democrats argue the rule could undermine protections pre-existing conditions by promoting “junk” plans, an argument they believe gives them a political opening to squeeze Republicans ahead of 2020.

“Senate Republicans say they care about preserving pre-existing condition protections, and now have a chance to prove it to the American people. I urge my colleagues to step up to the plate and join Senate Democrats in supporting this resolution,” Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTurkey says soldier killed despite cease-fire in Syria Schumer calls for FDA to probe reports of contaminated baby food How Trump and Pelosi went from bad to worse MORE (D-N.Y.) said in a statement on Tuesday.

Warner added that the Trump administration rule “if left in place, would allow states to greenlight substandard, junk insurance plans that don’t fully protect people with pre-existing conditions, don’t cover essential health benefits ... and raise costs on many American families.”