Chairwoman Maloney Urges McConnell to Pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act
Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued the following statement urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to immediately take up and pass H.R. 1425, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act, which was passed by the House earlier this week.
“The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated existing economic and healthcare disparities that put minority and low-income communities at risk. Among the hardest hit neighborhoods in New York City are Queensbridge and the Lower East Side in my district. We have known that we can and must build on the success of the ACA and this bill is a key step to do that.
“And yet, rather than working with Democrats, Republicans have consistently tried to do the opposite. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, this Administration is still in court, trying to strip Americans of their health care. The repeal of the ACA would cause an estimated 2.7 million New Yorkers to lose coverage.
“But House Democrats remain committed to protecting the more than 133 million Americans living with pre-existing conditions, to making health care more affordable, and to improving access to comprehensive care.
“This legislation builds on the success of the ACA. I am especially pleased this bill includes key provisions from HR 3 that will empower Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices. Investigating these abuses has been a top priority of our Committee going back to the work of our late Chair Elijah Cummings and continues without pause. I urge Senator McConnell to take up this legislation immediately.”
Last week, the Trump Administration filed a brief urging the Supreme Court to strike down the entirety of the Affordable Care Act—jeopardizing health care for those with preexisting conditions and threatening critical health care protections as the United States grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.
This bill, H.R. 1425, which passed the House on June 29, will protect the health care of the millions of Americans who are living with preexisting conditions, as well as make health care more affordable and accessible.
This legislation also includes key provisions from H.R. 3 that would empower Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices. The Committee began investigating pricing practices under late Chairman Elijah E. Cummings and continues that work today.