Senate defeats measure to overturn Trump’s expansion of short-term health plans

The Senate narrowly defeated the Democratic measure, as expected, but Democrats were still able to use the vote to put the issue of pre-existing conditions front and center ahead of next month’s election.

The politics: Democrats said Republicans voting to keep in place these “junk” insurance plans that do not have to cover pre-existing conditions was another example they can use to paint the GOP as wrong on health care. Democrats have made pre-existing conditions the centerpiece of the campaign.

Image result for sen. lamar alexanderRepublican pushback: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) went to the Senate floor Wednesday to forcefully push back, saying Republicans just want to expand choices.

Alexander said the message is “you can pay less with less coverage and at least you will have some insurance.”

“But our Democratic friends will say, ‘Oh no, we don’t want to do anything that will lower the cost of insurance,'” Alexander added.

A taste of how it’s playing out in campaigns: Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), running against Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), was quick out of the gate with a statement attacking Heller for his vote. “Heller Casts Deciding Vote to Continue Trump’s Expansion of Junk Health Insurance Plans That Attack Pre-Existing Conditions Protections,” her press release read.

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