October 30, 2019

Manchin Disappointed Resolution to Protect West Virginians With Pre-Existing Conditions Failed In The Senate

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his disappointment in the Senate’s failure to pass the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would protect the nearly 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions.

“Today the Republicans in the Senate blocked a resolution that would protect the nearly 800,000 people in West Virginia with a pre-existing condition. But as their Senator, I cannot allow a rewrite of health insurance rules that will put their coverage at risk. These misleading junk insurance plans can deny coverage to West Virginians with pre-existing conditions and don’t have to provide essential health services like prescription drugs, emergency room visits and maternity care. I have always said and will continue to say that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not perfect, and we need to fix it, but over 20 million Americans and over 200,000 West Virginians gained access to healthcare because of the ACA. Although I am disappointed this CRA failed, I hope that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will come together to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions, while also fixing the ACA,” said Senator Manchin.