House Dems plan vote on pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — House Democrats plan to hold a vote early next year on pro­tect­ing health cov­er­age for peo­ple with pre­ex­ist­ing con­di­tions — test­ing GOP com­mit­ments to such pro­tec­tions that many Repub­li­cans adopted dur­ing dif­fi­cult re-elec­tion cam­paigns.

The vote would be the nat­u­ral se­quel to Democrats’ suc­cess­ful midterm strat­egy of fo­cus­ing on health care and at­tack­ing Repub­li­cans for their at­tempts to re­peal the Af­ford­able Care Act, which in­cluded land­mark pre­ex­ist­ing con­di­tion pro­tec­tions.

Rep. Richard Neal, DMass., who will be chair­man of the Ways and Means Com­mit­tee said he en­vi­sioned leg­is­la­tion hap­pen­ing im­me­di­ately upon Democrats as­sum­ing con­trol of the House that would af­firm cov­er­age for pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions as set­tled law.

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