Schumer, Casey: 'junk' health care plans could jeopardize pre-existing condition protection
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democrats fell short Wednesday in their attempt to overturn a Trump administration health care guideline.
The legislation allows states to offer waivers, meaning they could buy and offer what Democrats are calling “junk” insurance packages. Some of them could discriminate against patients with pre-existing conditions – a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. In some cases, the plans offer minimal coverage.
The vote comes just days before the ACA Open Enrollment begins.
Locally, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) believe those so-called junk plans are the Trump administration’s latest attempt to undermine the ACA.
“These junk plans leave families vulnerable and are nothing but a boon to health insurance companies,” Schumer said on the Senate floor Wednesday ahead of the vote.
“If we don’t begin to take steps to make sure those protections remain in place, those protections will be lost,” Casey said following the vote.
The administration argues these plans are simply another option for patients.
The 52-43 vote was largely on party lines.