House Democrats are planning to vote on a resolution next week that will condemn the Trump administration’s renewed push to destroy the Affordable Care Act.
According to CNN, “House Democrats will vote Tuesday on a resolution condemning the Trump administration’s decision to call for the elimination of the entire Affordable Care Act.”
“The actions taken by the Trump Administration seeking the invalidation of the ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and later the invalidation of the entire ACA, are an unacceptable assault on the health care of the American people,” the resolution reads, according to the report.
Democrats are urging the Justice Department to “reverse its position in agreeing with the ruling of a federal judge in Texas that invalidated Obamacare.”
In a statement, Democratic House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said, “I hope Members on both sides of the aisle, including the many Republicans who pledged in advance of the last election not to abandon those with pre-existing conditions, will join in supporting it and making the House’s position in support of the law clear.”
It’s doubtful that Republicans will do anything other than follow in lockstep with Donald Trump, as they have for the past two years.
Democrats are smartly turning the focus to health care ahead of 2020
In 2018, the most important issue to voters was health care. It’s largely the reason Democrats made historic gains in the House of Representatives.
With the administration renewing its push to eliminate the Affordable Care Act and take health care coverage from millions of Americans, health care is likely to be even more important in 2020.
The Democratic vote on health care next week may be “largely symbolic,” as CNN noted, but it will put congressional Republicans on the record on an issue that bipartisan majorities of the American people rank most important.
Either the GOP stands with the majority of the country – and the millions of Americans who count on the ACA for life-saving care – or they follow along with Trump’s dangerous and petty push to destroy everything with Barack Obama’s name on it.
If they choose the latter, American voters are likely to send more Republicans – and Donald Trump – packing come November 2020.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.