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Senate Dems intro measure to dam junk insurance coverage



(31 Jul 2019) Democratic senators Wednesday introduce a measure of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to block a Trump administration effort to sabotage Americans health care and put in place action against the 130 million Americans who stand to lose pre-existing condition protections.
The resolution supported by all 47 Senate Democrats would prevent Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which permits a state to apply for a State Innovation Waiver to be used as a way for the Trump administration to allow for junk insurance plans.
These plans would undercut the guardrails to ensure residents have access to high quality, affordable health insurance while retaining the basic protections of the ACA.
Senate Dems propose to force a vote on the floor through the Congressional Review Act bill to save the pre-existing condition protections and stop the business of junk insurance plans.
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters on Capitol Hill, “The plans are so skimpy they don’t even cover essential health benefits — prescription drugs, maternity coverage. The deductibles and co-pays are so high the coverage threadbare that these plans aren’t even worth the paper they’re written on.”
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden who has criticized the administration for improper use of Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act said, “We made a judgment that states ought to have a chance to do better. So to make sure that would happen. We put in some guardrails, some consumer protections. You can’t unravel coverage just arbitrarily there are three or four guardrails. So what the administration tried to do was a scam. They said well we’ll see if we can just issue a guidance and maybe we can get away with something that is a huge departure from consumer protection which is junk insurance.”

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