House Democrats vote to bolster Obamacare

The Democrats in the House of Representatives are at it again.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the House’s Democratic majority on Monday pushed through the “State Health Care Premium Reduction Act,” a bill that would strengthen Obamacare.  

What would it do?

The Washington Examiner outlined some of the bill’s key features, starting with incentives for families to partake in Obamacare.

The new bill would “expand tax credits for families buying plans on the Obamacare exchanges and cap the cost of premiums for plans on Obamacare exchanges at 8.5% of a family’s income,” according to the Examiner.

The bill doesn’t stop with the individual. It goes on to use a carrot and stick method to get states to expand their Medicaid programs. The carrot is a promise of more federal funding for those states who do so, while the stick is cuts to federal funding.

The final provision, as reported by the Examiner, would allow the Department of Health and Human Services, the administrator of Medicare, to “negotiate lower drug prices with pharmaceutical companies.”

This bill passed through the House by a margin of 234 to 179, with most representatives voting along party lines.

What’s going on here

As The Hill reports, the timing of this bill is no coincidence.

The Democrats’ bill comes after the Trump administration filed a brief last week asking the Supreme Court justices to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The justices have accepted this case, and there is a possibility that it will be heard before the general election.

The November election is essentially what all of this is about at the moment. Trump, in filing the brief, solidified his position on health care, a stance that he has maintained since 2016, and the Democrats are countering with their own healthcare platform — strengthening Obamacare.

We know that the Democrats’ bill is nothing more than politics, because just as the Republicans in the House had no chance of stopping the Democratic-majority from pushing the bill through, the Democrats in the Senate will have no chance at preventing the Republican-majority from squashing it.

That the bill is “dead on arrival” is what we expect to hear next.

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