Levin Statement on Bipartisan Senate Deal on Health

Oct 17, 2017 Issues: Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Ranking Member, today released the following statement in response to news that a bipartisan agreement has been reached in the Senate by HELP Committee Chair Alexander and Ranking Member Murray:

“The bipartisan agreement announced today is an encouraging step to strengthen the individual health insurance market, particularly after President Trump’s recent actions to destabilize health coverage. We Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee have repeatedly asked the Chairman of the Committee to commence bipartisan activity in the House, but to date, have heard no meaningful response.

“It is now vital that we work on a bipartisan basis to protect health coverage for families in Michigan and around the country.”

In September, Rep. Levin and the full Ways and Means Committee Democrats sent a letter calling on Chairman Brady to hold bipartisan hearings to stabilize the individual health insurance market. The full text of the Committee Democrats’ letter can be found here.

Rep. Levin was Chair of the Ways and Means Committee when the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010.