WASHINGTON – With the 9th anniversary of Obamacare being signed into legislation on Saturday, freshman Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ailing., who made well being care a centerpiece of her marketing campaign, will ship the Democratic weekly handle.
Former President Barack Obama pushed the Inexpensive Care Act by Congress on March 23, 2010, and it has been beneath assault from Republicans ever since.
President Donald Trump, to his monumental frustration, has been unsuccessful in his quest to repeal and change Obamacare; nonetheless, he has been in a position to weaken features of this system, created to make medical health insurance accessible to everybody, even these with pre-existing situations.
“Trump is continuous to attempt to destroy protections for folks with pre-existing situations and cynically working to drive up well being prices for households throughout America,” mentioned Underwood in her handle, which was taped in Chicago.
“To me, this battle is private. As a nurse I’m decided to assist everybody in my neighborhood entry the assets they should stay wholesome lives. I couldn’t sit round and do nothing. So I ran for workplace. And I received. And now I’m chatting with you right this moment as a pacesetter in a powerful, various class that has come to Washington to get to work for the folks.”
Some members of the big, various Democratic freshmen class – and some 2020 Dem presidential contenders – have been calling for an additional change – having Congress create a “Medicare for all” system. That phrase has turn into shorthand for a nationwide medical health insurance system – with totally different meanings relying on who’s doing the speaking.
Underwood, who represents the 14th congressional district, turf hugging the Chicago suburbs, has not signed on to any of the “Medicare for all” proposals.
She informed the Solar-Occasions on Friday, “it’s nice in 2019 (that) we’ve a nationwide dialog on what out well being care system ought to seem like” and learn how to present extra folks with reasonably priced protection.
Underwood added, the “Medicare for all” prospect “is electrifying for some and a possibility for folks to interact in debate and dialogue about what we would like our well being care system to seem like. However I do suppose there are some issues we have to know, and for me, a kind of is – and it’s crucial – [is] its price … how a lot does one thing like this price and the way can we pay for it. And that has not been a part of the dialogue to this point.”
After Obamacare grew to become legislation, Underwood labored on implementing the brand new plan whereas a senior adviser on the U.S. Division of Well being and Human Providers.
Obamacare isn’t excellent; that’s no secret.
“There are a variety of individuals on this nation who haven’t been properly served by our present system and who’re fascinated by strolling away from it,” Underwood mentioned. They “need one thing totally different.”
The dialogue about bettering medical health insurance protection for the nation, nonetheless, doesn’t need to be you’re both for Obamacare or for “Medicare for all.”
Stated Underwood, “I reject the binary framework.”
Obama assembly with Dem freshmen
Underwood is certainly one of eight new lawmakers who labored in Obama’s administration or campaigns. He’s assembly with the big class of freshmen Dems on Monday night time.