KENNEDY PROPOSES HEALTH CARE SCORE FOR NEW LEGISLATION
Rule would require estimate of health coverage losses for new legislation
Washington, D.C. – After 3.2 million Americans lost health insurance in 2017, Congressman Joe Kennedy III proposed a new rule requiring an estimate of potential health care coverage losses under any legislation introduced in the House of Representatives. Similar to already required budget estimates by the Congressional Budget Office, Kennedy’s proposal would prohibit Congress from passing laws that would take away health care from constituents.
“Congress should not be in the business of taking health care away from our constituents. Our policies should reflect our belief that health care is a right for all of our neighbors rather than a privilege for the healthy and wealthy. By requiring a health care score on all legislation brought to the House Floor, Congress can halt the decline in health insurance coverage under the Trump Administration, and renew our march towards universal coverage.”
According to Kennedy’s proposed rule, “It shall not be in order to consider a bill, joint resolution, or conference report which, if enacted into law, would reduce the number of individuals in the United States with health insurance, as determined by the Congressional Budget Office in consultation with the Joint Committee on Taxation.”