Republicans plan a new plan Thursday to target the Affordable Care Act for “shamefulness” by “tearing away” protections for people with pre-existing conditions, the first step in their effort to undo the Affordable Health Care Act.
The bill, called the “Repeal Act,” also aims to undermine protections for those with pre to post-existing health conditions, and make it easier for employers to deny coverage to employees with preexisting conditions.
The proposal is a major departure from past efforts to roll back the ACA, which was passed in 2010.
GOP lawmakers, who control the Senate, have long complained that the law has created a legal loophole for companies to deny insurance coverage to people with preexisting conditions.
Republicans are also expected to push to cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood, which provides reproductive health care.
The legislation will be unveiled Thursday at a White House event hosted by President Donald Trump.
The event is being billed as a chance to unveil the proposal and hear from the public on its details.
“President Trump is proud to present this legislation to you as a response to the unprecedented devastation and loss of life caused by the pandemic,” Trump said at the event, which will also include a speech by Vice President Mike Pence.
The new bill aims to replace key parts of the ACA that Republicans passed to replace it with a “repeal and replace” plan.
It would also replace the mandate that most Americans have health insurance, with an alternative to the mandate.
Democrats have said that such changes are necessary to prevent another government shutdown.
Trump has defended his administration’s response to what he called a “very, very deadly” pandemic.
The ACA also included provisions that protect people with a preexital condition from having to pay higher premiums or deductibles.
The law has been criticized for excluding people with serious medical conditions, including pre-eclampsia, asthma, and other conditions.
It was also criticized for allowing employers to reject coverage for people who have pre- or post-elevated risk factors for diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
Republicans have sought to undermine these protections since they were enacted.
The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the ACA could have saved more than 16 million lives over the next decade if the law had been in place.
Republicans also want to repeal a rule that allowed employers to refuse to cover coverage for pre- and post-natal care, which they say is unfair to women.
“This proposal is shameful.
We are not going to stand for it,” Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the bill’s main sponsor, told reporters on Thursday.