50-50 Senate Deadlock on Scuttling Trump’s Health Plans

Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Senate Democrats fail with 50-50 vote to block Trump rule on short term health plans

| Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin failed in her bid Wednesday to block a Trump administration rule to expand short-term health insurance plans that critics say could deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

The Senate voted 50-50, meaning the Baldwin-led discharge petition did not get the required simple majority to overturn the rule.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) voted with 47 Democrats and two independents to support the bill.

Democrats have labeled short-term health insurance as “junk plans,” saying they don’t have to provide essential health benefits and can deny coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions.

The administration has said the “new rule will increase choices for Americans facing escalating premiums and will create flexible options that are not currently present in the individual insurance market.”

During her floor speech, Baldwin said the plans “are cheap for a reason; they do not have to provide essential health benefits like hospitalization, prescription drugs, and maternity care. Read more. 

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