WASHINGTON (CN) – House Democrats rolled out new bills Wednesday clapping back at Republican efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act, specifically targeting short-term, limited-duration insurance policies.
The four bills introduced Wednesday are the first steps in reversing the Trump administration’s rollbacks for President Barack Obama’s landmark health care legislation, cuts that included slashing advertising and outreach budget by 90 percent. The Trump administration also eased the process of approval for Section 1332 requests, which allows states to waive certain requirements of the Affordable Care Act in favor of state-focused health coverage options.
But these efforts have “sabotaged” the Affordable Care Act’s potency, committee Democrats say. By slashing enrollment advertising and encouraging potential state subsidies of short-term coverage plans, healthy young people are choosing cheaper, sub-par coverage that drive up premiums for everyone else opting for government health care.
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