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“Fixing” Healthcare … Again

On Monday, June 29, House Democrats brought to the floor H.R. 1425 , the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act,’’ to “fix” healthcare, something that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, was supposed to do. The bill was brought to the floor with no bipartisan committee input and no amendments allowed, and the final vote was 234 to 179 . Only two Republicans voted for the legislation, Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (Penn.) and Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.), and Rep. Collin Peterson was the only Democrat to vote “nay.” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) had announced in May the House would vote on legislation that would “expand and improve” Obamacare, but the vote had been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is getting confusing trying to figure out what the Democrats support when it comes to healthcare. For more than two years, there has been a huge push to implement Medicare for All. As of today, 118 Democratic members, or 50 percent of the caucus, support that legislation, H.R. 1384 . Now it appears they are veering back toward ACA with H.R. 1425.

In this new round, the American people are being told that H.R. 1425 […]

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