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Votes to Shore Up Obamacare Reveal Lingering Partisan Divide

April 4, 2019, 10:33 AM

Democrats moved to reassert their claim to health care April 3 as a high-profile House committee approved a half-dozen bills aimed at shoring up Obamacare.

Democrats say the measures OK’d by the House Energy and Commerce Committee would lower health-care costs, protect people with pre-existing conditions, and reverse the Trump administration’s “sabotage” of the Affordable Care Act.

But since Republicans don’t support the bills, it’s unlikely they will become law in this Congress. While legislation aimed at reining in prescription drug prices has garnered some bipartisan support, the ACA-related votes—and pointed comments from lawmakers—demonstrated the continuing sharp divide between Republicans...

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