Ten House Democrats Unveil Plan to Stabilize & Improve the Individual Marketplace
Washington, D.C. – Less than one week after Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stated that a limited bill could be needed to stabilize the health insurance marketplace, a group of House Democrats from across the political spectrum unveiled a five-part plan to improve upon the Affordable Care Act and stabilize the individual marketplace.
The plan, titled “Solutions over Politics”, seeks to stabilize the individual market while protecting insurance for people with pre-existing conditions, keeping costs down for lower income individuals, promoting enrollment and ensuring everyone pays their fair share. Led by the New Democrat Coalition, the group includes Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) and nine other House Democrats.
“Health care is a right, not a privilege, and we have a responsibility in Congress to put solutions over politics when it comes to ensuring all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care,” said Rep. Sewell. “I am honored to join my colleagues to urge Republicans to abandon their partisan health care repeal bill and work with us on policies that provide stability and certainty to health insurance markets across the country. Our proposal addresses some of biggest challenges in our health care system with commonsense solutions, like protecting premium assistance, promoting continuous coverage, and protecting essential health benefits. The Affordable Care Act delivered affordable health care to millions of Americans. Rather than going back on that promise, it’s our job in Congress to improve the ACA by reducing costs, increasing coverage, and stabilizing the marketplace.”
Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) is serving her fourth term representing Alabama’s 7th Congressional district. She sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and was recently appointed to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Sewell is a Chief Deputy Whip and serves on the prestigious Steering and Policy Committee of the Democratic Caucus. She is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and serves as Vice Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, and Vice Chair of Outreach for the New Democrat Coalition.