House Dems call for a vote on ObamaCare stabilization bill

House Dems call for a vote on ObamaCare stabilization bill
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Three top Democratic House committee members called on Friday for Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Debate with Donald Trump? Just say no Ex-Trump adviser says GOP needs a better health-care message for 2020 MORE (R-Wis.) to allow a vote on legislation intended to strengthen ObamaCare and stabilize the insurance markets.

In a letter sent Friday, Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard NealRichard Edmund NealRepublicans attempt to amend retirement savings bill to include anti-BDS language House votes to boost retirement savings Steyer plans impeachment push targeting Democrats over recess MORE (D-Mass.), Energy and Commerce Committee ranking member Frank Pallone Jr.Frank Joseph PalloneOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Senators unveil sweeping bipartisan health care package | House lawmakers float Medicare pricing reforms | Dems offer bill to guarantee abortion access Hillicon Valley: Assange hit with 17 more charges | Facebook removes record 2.2B fake profiles | Senate passes anti-robocall bill | Senators offer bill to help companies remove Huawei equipment Overnight Energy: Democrats ask if EPA chief misled on vehicle emissions | Dem senators want NBC debate focused on climate change | 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan MORE (D-N.J.) and Education and the Workforce Committee ranking member Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottDem lawmaker says 'adversity score' shows debate over 'usefulness' of SAT is 'not over' CBC member brushes off Biden's past opposition to school busing Dem lawmaker says U.S. has 'drifted backwards' on school integration MORE (D-Va.) said Ryan should allow a vote on a bill they said would make coverage more affordable.

The letter was sent on the first anniversary of the House passage of the ObamaCare repeal bill, the American Health Care Act. The Congressional Budget Office said the bill would have resulted in 23 million people losing health insurance, and cut Medicaid spending by $834 billion.

Ultimately, the ObamaCare repeal effort failed last summer when the Senate was unable to pass its own version of the legislation.

“May the 4th marked a low point in our nation’s decades-long history of improving Americans’ access to health care,” the Democrats wrote. “In fact, since President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE took office, his administration and a Republican Congress have unwaveringly pursued their goal of tearing down our health care system.”

In their letter, Neal, Pallone and Scott pointed to a poll from the Commonwealth Fund this week that found an estimated 4 million people have lost coverage since 2016, and former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceOvernight Health Care: CEO of largest private health insurer slams 'Medicare for All' plans | Dem bill targets youth tobacco use | CVS fined over fake painkiller prescriptions | Trump, first lady to discuss opioid crisis at summit HHS inspector general stepping down from watchdog role Ex-GOP lawmaker Handel to run for her former Georgia seat in 2020 MORE’s comments that premiums will rise as result of the Republican tax law’s repeal of the individual mandate.

Price later said his remarks were taken out of context, and he continues to believe that repealing the mandate was a good idea.

“This is not what we want for our constituents and the millions of Americans who benefit from having access to quality health insurance,” the Democrats wrote.  “We believe we should be working across the aisle to strengthen health insurance and consumer affordability and access.”