Nov 12, 2018 - Politics & Policy

How Democrats will use their majority to bolster health care

Nancy Pelosi at a health care protest outside Capitol Hill

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Health care was a central part of Democrats' successful takeover of the House, and it will also be one of the first areas where they use that newfound power, the New York Times reports.

What we're watching: House Democrats will likely vote to participate in the legal defense of the Affordable Care Act, against a lawsuit aiming to get the law thrown out. Democrats also will likely use their new House majority to try to stabilize the ACA's insurance markets, according to the NYT, and to investigate the Trump administration's handling of the ACA.

  • If the anti-ACA lawsuit succeeds, expect Democrats to promptly introduce new legislation protecting people with pre-existing conditions.
  • Drug pricing remains a theoretical area of bipartisan agreement, but it's unclear how much could actually get done there.
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