With 65,900 North Texas residents who rely on the Affordable Care Act for their care, the plan released by Pete Sessions and House Republicans today is just the latest example they are out of touch with the challenges facing working people in this country — and dead set on putting themselves before their constituents. By carving out and protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions and essential health benefits just for themselves and their staff, House Republicans have made clear they were never interested in improving care for Americans. Everyone deserves the peace of mind that comes with quality health coverage — and freedom from the fear that their next illness could end in bankruptcy. If Pete Sessions truly believes in fixing our healthcare system, he should subject himself to the same rules as the people he represents.”
The Affordable Care Act ensures that no American can be denied healthcare coverage or charged a higher premium due to a pre-existing condition. The ACA also established a baseline for essential benefits that all plans must cover, including ambulatory patient services, maternity and newborn care, mental health treatment, and prescription drugs.
An ABC/Washington Post poll released yesterday found that a majority of Americans across the political spectrum want to protect the very provisions that House Republicans have targeted for repeal. 62% of those polled said they supported requiring states to maintain essential benefits, and 70% of those surveyed said that health insurance companies should not be allowed to charge more or refuse to cover those with pre-existing conditions. 61% of those polled said that they would rather improve the current healthcare law compared to 37% who preferred replacing it, while Americans preferred that President Trump work with Congressional Democrats over Congressional Republicans to change the law by a margin of 43% to 26%.