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 RyanDemocratic super PAC quotes Reagan in anti-Trump ad set to air on Fox News: 'Are you better off?' Trump lashes out at Reagan Foundation after fundraising request The Memo: Trump's grip on GOP loosens as polls sink 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 NealConservatives urge Trump to take unilateral action to suspend payroll tax collection Treasury to conduct policy review of tax-exempt status for universities after Trump tweets Stimulus checks debate now focuses on size, eligibility MORE (D-Mass.), Energy and Commerce Committee ranking member Frank Pallone Jr.Frank Joseph PallonePharma execs say FDA will not lower standards for coronavirus vaccine Dem chairmen urge CMS to prevent nursing homes from seizing stimulus payments Federal watchdog finds cybersecurity vulnerabilities in FCC systems MORE (D-N.J.) and Education and the Workforce Committee ranking member Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottPelosi huddles with chairmen on surprise billing but deal elusive Overnight Health Care: White House blocks CDC director from testifying before House panel | Fauci urges action on masks | Administration document says counties in 'red zone' should close bars, gyms White House blocks CDC director from testifying before House panel on reopening schools 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.

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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 TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 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 PriceCoronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Chris Christie Trump flails as audience dwindles and ratings plummet Tom Price: Here's how we can obtain more affordable care 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.”