May 16, 2019
Floor Statements

   Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Chairman, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

   Mr. Chairman, I rise today in support of this bill to improve access to quality health coverage, protect the Affordable Care Act, and cut prescription drug costs for consumers.

   Unfortunately, Mr. Chairman, the administration has consistently undermined quality, affordable coverage that Americans have come to expect. House Republicans actually passed a bill last year that CBO concluded would provide coverage for over 20 million fewer people, would increase premiums 20 percent the first year, would cover less, and would jeopardize protections for those with preexisting conditions.

   We can do better.

   Mr. Chairman, I want to speak on one important provision of H.R. 987 that reverses the administration's attempt to proliferate junk insurance plans.

   Mr. Chairman, for healthier, younger Americans, short-term junk plans may sound like a good idea. Unfortunately, those policies will fail to cover essential benefits and will lack consumer protections. They may not provide decent coverage for when they get sick.

   The major problem with the proliferation of junk plans is the fact that they allow insurance companies to sell plans to healthy people only, meaning that everybody else would be in an insurance pool that is sicker than they are today. While a privileged few may pay less, everybody else will pay more.

   In fact, one study showed that the combination of all these junk plans and lack of mandates and other sabotage of the Affordable Care Act could result in thousands of dollars more for everybody else to pay.

   These plans will raise costs for most Americans, and that is a step in the wrong direction.   

   Mr. Chairman, we should be reducing the cost of insurance for most Americans, not increasing the cost.

   Mr. Chair, this bill will prevent the administration from going in the wrong direction, so I urge my colleagues to support H.R. 987.

   Mr. Chair, I reserve the balance of my time.