House Democrats revealed new healthcare legislation on Wednesday that would expand coverage through the Affordable Care Act, which is still under attack by the Trump Administration.
Watch the news conference in the video player above.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues moved to strengthen the ACA saying the country couldn’t afford to weaken the existing health coverage during the coronavirus pandemic.
“This is about the lives — the livelihood of the American people,” said Pelosi, who brought up a famous quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking, and the most inhumane.”
“That is true generally speaking. It is also true at the center of this pandemic where there is a disproportionate number of deaths in communities of color because of inequality of access to healthcare,” Pelosi added.
The bill, H.R. 1425 or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act, aims to lower healthcare costs, protect patients with preexisting conditions, expand Medicaid and lower prescription drug prices.
On Thursday June 25, the US Supreme Court will hear a brief from members of the Trump Administration on California v. Texas.
The pending lawsuit threatens to strip away the Affordable Care Act which provides health care coverage for more than 20 million Americans.
Speaker Pelosi wants Republicans to leave ACA alone, especially as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
“It was wrong any time. Now it’s beyond stupid. Beyond stupid,” Pelosi said.
Democrats will present the new healthcare legislation to the floor of the House on Monday June 29, and Speaker Pelosi is hoping it gains traction with both parties.
“We hope it will get bipartisan support. It certainly meets the needs of Democrats, Republicans, Independents and Decline to States, or whatever they call themselves across the country,” Pelosi said. “Because the issue of healthcare knows no party, and the issue of a pandemic certainly does not as well.”