Today, all eyes are on the impeachment inquiry vote in the House, but just yesterday, U.S. Senators faced an even simpler vote: should we allow junk insurance to be sold in America, undermining the pre-existing conditions protections established under the Affordable Care Act?
The result was disappointing but unsurprising. EVERY Democrat voted to preserve health care for people with pre-existing conditions. EVERY Republican but one voted to allow junk insurance to be sold, including Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Martha McSally (R-AZ).
While Democrats have differences of perspective on how to reach universal coverage, today’s vote is an important reminder that the chasm is stark between the parties in Washington. Simply put, among elected Republicans, health care is a privilege to be distributed to those who can afford it, and leaving millions of Americans behind is just the cost of doing business.
Progress in expanding health care access and affordability can be achieved in 2021, but it will take a Democratic President and Democratic Senate.