AURORA, CO— U.S. Senate Candidate Andrew Romanoff today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act, which would prevent the Trump Administration from allowing the proliferation of junk insurance plans that do not offer vital protections guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act.
“After voting to rip away health care from millions of Americans, Senator Gardner is again abandoning people with preexisting conditions, leaving them at the mercy of insurance companies.
“I will never stop fighting to expand access to affordable health care. We need to cut prescription drug costs, reduce out-of-pocket expenses, and cover all Americans. Senator Gardner and his colleagues must protect people with preexisting conditions from the Trump Administration’s attacks.”
Last October, the Trump Administration announced that it would allow states to seek waivers from the Affordable Care Act’s provisions that require health plans to cover preexisting conditions. The Trump Administration’s guidance would allow the proliferation of junk plans that do not cover basic needs.
On October 10, 2018, Senator Gardner voted against a resolution in the Senate that would have overturned the Trump Administration rule allowing junk health plans. The resolution failed by one vote after Republican Susan Collins of Maine voted in favor.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 750,000 Coloradans have a preexisting condition for which insurance companies could deny them coverage under pre-Affordable Care Act practices.
The Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act is endorsed by Families USA, the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Epilepsy Foundation, and the American Heart Association.
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