Gianforte Urges “Simple, Straightforward” Approach to Protect Americans With Preexisting Conditions
Today on the House floor, Congressman Greg Gianforte called for Congress to take a direct approach to lock in protections for Americans with preexisting conditions.
During a health care debate, Gianforte reiterated his support of congressional action to protect Americans with preexisting conditions.
“As we work toward solutions that make health care more accessible and affordable, I’ll keep fighting to protect those with preexisting conditions,” Gianforte said. “I cosponsored the Preexisting Conditions Protection Act that ensures patients with preexisting conditions have access to health insurance.”
Gianforte went on to remind lawmakers of a measure they considered in January 2019.
“One of the earliest votes we took in this Congress was to lock in protections for Americans with preexisting conditions. It was a simple and straightforward measure that I enthusiastically voted for. It would protect Americans with preexisting conditions. Period. So simple and straightforward,” Gianforte said. “We should revisit that approach.”
The House, however, failed to pass that measure on a partisan vote of 223-197, with 223 House Democrats voting against it.
“Unfortunately, my friends across the aisle voted down that measure, because it appears the majority values trying to score political points more than providing certainty and peace of mind to Americans with preexisting conditions,” Gianforte said.
Gianforte has consistently demanded that health care reform must protect Americans with preexisting conditions, lower health care costs, and preserve rural access to health care.