Republican bill aims to protect people with pre-existing conditions

Ten Republican senators introduced a bill August 23 to ensure people with pre-existing conditions have access to health insurance coverage. 

The bill was positioned as a safety net in case the judge rules in favor of the plaintiffs in Texas v. United States, a lawsuit seeking to end the ACA. The lawsuit was filed by 20 Republican-led states who claim the entire healthcare law became unconstitutional when President Donald Trump repealed the penalty for the ACA's individual mandate. Oral arguments in the case begin Sept. 5.

Democrats have so far used this lawsuit as a major talking point while campaigning for the upcoming midterm elections. The Republican bill could diminish this campaign strategy.

The bill would amend HIPAA to include provisions guaranteeing all Americans coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions.

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