During a meeting of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Tuesday, Sen. Claire McCaskill criticized leadership for its lack or urgency in protecting those who may not be able to afford or to even get health insurance because they have pre-existing conditions.
At issue is a lawsuit filed by Republican attorneys general that would remove the requirement under the Affordable Care Act for health insurance policies to cover pre-existing conditions.
"In this latest attempt to strip millions of their health insurance, the Republican attorneys general, including the attorney general from my state have gone to court to take away every single consumer protection in the law.'
In addition to pre-existing conditions, McCaskil noted that if the lawsuit is successful it would also remove the payments for prescription drugs to help fill the so-called "doughnut hole."
"This is decidedly not what the American people want."
Fifty-two million people have pre-existing conditions "that make it difficult, if not impossible to get affordable health care coverage if they did not get health insurance at work."