Washington Post: Key House Dem says ‘we need a vote on pre-existing conditions right away’

The expected future chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee said in an interview with The Washington Post that the House will vote on protecting insurance guarantees for people with pre-existing conditions when Democrats are back in control of the chamber.

Neal’s comments after Tuesday’s elections followed a campaign season dominated by talk of health care, where many candidates on both sides pledged to support popular insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Republicans have maintained they could keep the pre-existing conditions guarantee while repealing Obamacare, and President Donald Trump tweeted in late October that “Republicans will totally protect people with Pre-Existing Conditions.”

The Trump administration, however, said in a legal filing last June that it would not defend central provisions of the health care law, and the measures the Justice Department said should be invalidated would hit the protections for pre-existing conditions.

Neal told the Post that his envisioned legislation would reaffirm the protection for pre-existing conditions while striking back at the suit the Justice Department signed on to.

“The new Democratic House Majority will move swiftly to defend the vital protections for people with people with pre-existing conditions still under legal assault by the GOP.”

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