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On Monday the House passed in a vote of 234-179 the most significant expansion of the Affordable Care Act since its inception in 2010.
The vote was largely symbolic as it is unlikely to pass in the Senate. Even if it did, Donald Trump would immediately veto it, the White House said on Monday.
The hours of debate before the vote allowed Democrats to point out, again and again, that the Trump administration is seeking to invalidate the ACA in a lawsuit before the Supreme Court that was initiated by a group of Republican attorneys general who contend the entire law is unconstitutional.
“As lives are shattered by the coronavirus, the protections of the Affordable Care Act are more important now, more than ever,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Noting that both Trump and congressional Republicans promise to preserve the law’s protections for people with preexisting medical conditions, she said: “Oh really? Then why are you in the United States Supreme Court to overturn them?”
Senator Elizabeth Warren on Monday introduced a bill that would put a nationwide moratorium on evictions for one more year and expand existing protections to include more renters.
Moratoriums against eviction have been passed across the US as the economy reels from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. But as many of those are set to expire soon, housing advocates have predicted a “tsunami of evictions” and a potential spike in homelessness.Continue reading...