Congressional emotions run high during Slotkin speech supporting health care coverage

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In the video above Rep. Elissa Slotkin receives backlash from Republican legislators and support from fellow Democrats when arguing against a last ditch effort to table a bill on pre-existing medical conditions.

The Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act was passed today.

In a tweet less than an hour ago, Rep. Slotkin said in part “protecting people with pre-existing conditions is not a Democratic or Republican issue, it is what people of all political backgrounds are demanding of us as their representatives.”

Prior to the Affordable Care Act, health insurers could discriminate against families based on their current health conditions and medical history. A pre-existing condition includes most health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, obesity or pregnancy. Many families with serious conditions were regularly denied coverage altogether.

During her speech, Slotkin told the story of her mother, who had trouble getting and keeping coverage because of a cancer diagnosis. A second round of cancer eventually took her mother’s life.

According to Congressman Dan Kildee “over 4 million Michiganders have pre-existing conditions.”

Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives also passed two bills to address prescription drug pricing, H.R. 1503, the Orange Book Transparency Act and H.R. 1520, the Purple Book Continuity Act of 2019. These bills would remove barriers and help generic drugs enter the market, which would result in lower prescription drug prices.

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