U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Alabama, co-sponsored legislation on Tuesday morning that would reverse the Trump administration’s efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act, just one day after the Justice Department asked federal courts to overturn the Affordable Care Act.
The legislation, created by House Democrats, would lower health insurance premiums, strengthen protections for people with pre-existing conditions and fight against inadequate health insurance plans.
“One of my top priorities in Congress has always been to strengthen the Affordable Care Act, lower health costs and make reliable, quality insurance available to every Alabamian, but for too long, quality, affordable healthcare has been out of reach for too many Americans,” Sewell said. “Not only will this legislation help make those priorities a reality, it will also help strengthen protections for the nearly 100 million Americans with pre-existing conditions.”
House Democrats swiftly created the legislation in response to the Trump administration’s backtrack on the Affordable Care Act. Previously, the administration had only advocated to strike down protections for those with pre-existing conditions. Now, they have gone further to say the whole law should be invalidated.
This Trump decision may push healthcare to the forefront of the upcoming 2020 presidential election, establishing a clear divide between political parties.