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: Trump incorrect in claiming Congress didn't subpoena Obama officials Democrats hit Scalia over LGBTQ rights Three-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate 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 NealOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems change drug pricing bill to address progressive concerns | Top Republican rejects Dem proposal on surprise medical bills | Vaping group launches Fox News ad blitz Top Republican rejects Democratic chairman's approach to stopping surprise medical bills Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Buttigieg targets Warren, Sanders on health care ahead of debate | Judge overturns ObamaCare transgender protections | Poll sees support drop for 'Medicare for All' MORE (D-Mass.), Energy and Commerce Committee ranking member Frank Pallone Jr.Frank Joseph PalloneCBO: Pelosi bill to lower drug prices saves Medicare 5 billion Trump official declines to testify on trade protections for tech platforms Hillicon Valley: New York AG meets with feds over Facebook probe | Trump trade official asked to testify on protections for tech giants | PayPal drops out of Libra cryptocurrency project MORE (D-N.J.) and Education and the Workforce Committee ranking member Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottCBO: Pelosi bill to lower drug prices saves Medicare 5 billion Democrats divided on surprise medical bill fix NYC teacher suing DeVos over student loan forgiveness program 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 TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff 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 PriceIndustrial food system is at the heart of biodiversity degradation and climate change Joe Lieberman's son running for Senate in Georgia The Hill's Campaign Report: Impeachment fight poses risks to both Trump, Dems 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.”