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Republicans also rejected provisions aimed at strengthening protections for people with preexisting conditions.

House Democrats overcame massive opposition from Republicans to pass a bill aimed at reining in prescription drug costs and protecting people with preexisting conditions. The measure, the MORE Health Education Act, passed Thursday evening by a 234-183vote, with all the no votes coming from Republicans.

Only 5 Republicans sided with all the chamber’s Democrats in supporting the bill.

“We’ve seen repeated and ongoing attempts by President Trump and Congressional Republicans to sabotage the Affordable Care Act and threaten access to care for families across the country,” Rep. Annie Kuster (D-NH) told Shareblue Media. In response, she said Democrats are “advancing legislation to lower the costs of care and prescription drugs while at the same time stabilizing our health care system.”

The bill Kuster and Democrats supported contains a variety of measures aimed at two broad goals: lowering prescription drug costs and stopping some of Trump’s attempts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

To address prescription drug costs, the bill would restrict the ability of generic drug manufacturers from blocking competitors, thus cracking down on anticompetitive behavior by pharmaceutical companies.

The bill also contains several provisions to roll back attempts of the Trump administration to push junk health insurance plans to the general public. These plans, which Trump and Republicans champion, do not contain the protections for people with preexisting conditions enshrined in the ACA, such as ensuring costs are not higher and that people with preexisting conditions cannot be denied health insurance. Read more

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