Democratic Health Leaders Raise Concerns about Trump Administration’s Proposed Association Health Plans Rule

Jan 4, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (MA-01), Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03), and Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) issued the following statement after the Department of Labor issued a proposed rule to roll back health coverage protections by expanding association health plans:

“Today, the Trump Administration took further steps to undermine the health and well-being of the American people. The Department of Labor proposed a new rule threatening health coverage for workers and owners of small businesses by allowing the sale of plans with no guarantee of comprehensive coverage for pre-existing conditions. This proposed rule comes less than a month after congressional Republicans passed a tax bill that paid for tax cuts for billionaires and corporations by cutting health care for millions of middle-class Americans. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the GOP tax bill will increase premiums by 10 percent and leave 13 million Americans without health insurance over the next 10 years.

“We are discouraged the administration and Congressional Republicans continue to go to great lengths to undermine the law – no matter the pain caused to millions of Americans. Rather than undermining health coverage for millions of Americans, they should make good on their promise to work on real, bipartisan solutions to improve our health care system and build on the progress of the Affordable Care Act.”

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