Democrats have constantly slammed the Trump administration in their current battle for healthcare, and the battle has only gotten fiercer since taking control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections.
Freshman Florida Rep. Donna Shalala (D) is joining the ongoing conversation by cosponsoring new health care legislation that would lower Floridians’ health insurance premiums, it would crack down on junk health insurance plans and it would strengthen protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
The Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Health Care Affordable Act is a response to the Trump Administration asking a federal court to strike down the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people that have pre-existing conditions, and the Trump administration has also called for the whole health law to be replaced.
Commenting on her support for the legislation, Shalala expressed that the district she represents “is home to the country’s largest population of individuals enrolled in the Affordable Care Act. With nearly 100, 000 people receiving health care through the ACA, protecting the law of the land is vital to the health and wellness of our community.” Shalala further explained that “with the Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Health Care Affordable Act, Democrats are taking another step forward to meet our promise to lower health costs for the American people.”
With the new legislation, Democrats argue that it will tackle the GOP’s sabotage on health care. They argue that it has needlessly driven up premiums and uninsured rates, and they hope that the new legislation will empower states to innovate and invest in enrolling more people in health coverage that is affordable. Furthermore, the new legislation vows that it will be “holding the Administration accountable for its use of federal dollars dedicated to increasing enrollment, outreach and running the federal exchange.”
With the upcoming 2020 Presidential election, health care has become a priority in the political arena, and this legislation is the new topic in a discussion that both sides have not been able to reach an agreement on.