Underwood’s Legislation to Protect the Affordable Care Act to Get Vote on House Floor

July 29, 2020
Press Release
Legislation more important than ever as millions lose employer-sponsored coverage during coronavirus pandemic

Underwood amendment prevents DOJ from spending federal funds on litigation that undermines the health care law

WASHINGTON— Tomorrow, the House of Representatives will vote on Congresswoman Lauren Underwood's (IL-14) legislation to protect the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The amendment, which is part of the appropriations process, would prevent the Department of Justice (DOJ) from spending federal funds on litigation that undermines the health care law.

“For decades, too many families have struggled to afford health care, and due to the coronavirus pandemic, millions more Americans are suddenly finding themselves without insurance at the worst possible time. Yet, the Trump Administration continues to use taxpayer dollars to sabotage the care that millions depend on,” said Underwood. “I’d like to put a stop to that—so I will be offering an amendment to end the Department of Justice’s assault on health care. I invite all of my colleagues to support my amendment and fight for healthcare, especially during this excruciatingly difficult time.”

During the coronavirus pandemic, nearly 5.4 million Americans have become uninsured due to job loss from February to May of this year. If the ACA is struck down 5,471,600 Illinoisans who have preexisting conditions will lose their protections.

In Congress, Underwood has championed several bills to increase access to quality, affordable health care. In March 2019, Underwood introduced the Health Care Affordability Act to reduce premiums for consumers who purchase plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Health Care Affordability Act (H.R. 1868) would expand tax credits to people who don’t currently qualify for them because their income is higher than 400 percent of the federal poverty level, and would increase the size of the tax credit for all income brackets. In June 2020, Underwood’s legislation passed as part of H.R. 1425, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act.