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House Democrats to vote against Obamacare repeal


IANS Washington
House Democrats will vote on April 2 on a resolution condemning President Donald Trump's decision to call for the elimination of the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare.
The resolution was introduced on Friday by freshman Democratic Representative Colin Allred of Texas, CNN reported.
"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 said, calling for the Justice Department to reverse its position in agreeing with the ruling of a Texas judge that invalidated Obamacare.
In a filing with a federal appeals court, the Justice Department said on Monday night that it agreed with the ruling of a federal judge in Texas that invalidated the health care law which was signed into legislation by former President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010.
Repealing the law would have far-reaching consequences -- way beyond disrupting coverage for the millions of people who get their health insurance on the exchanges or through Medicaid expansion.
Obamacare saves senior citizens money on their Medicare coverage and prescription drugs. It lets many Americans obtain free birth control, mammograms and cholesterol tests.
The law also allows children to stay on their parents' health insurance plans until they turn 26.
On Friday night, Allred told CNN: "I'm proud to lead this resolution and to assure Americans that this Congress will not allow people with pre-existing conditions to go back to the days where they could be thrown off their health care just because they got sick."

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First Published: Mar 30 2019 | 12:42 PM IST

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