On Wednesday Congressman Cline joined almost all Republicans in the House of Representatives to oppose a resolution calling on the Trump administration to halt its legal attempt to overturn the entire Affordable Care Act.
If successful, the administration’s effort would nullify provisions of the law that protect people with preexisting conditions and allow individuals to remain on their parents’ insurance plans until age 26.
In an interview last week with CBS News, Cline made the dubious claim that “this administration has made health care a priority,” drawing a skeptical reaction from news anchor Anne-Marie Green.
He talked vaguely about “providing more options and more affordability to consumers.”
In fact the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans haven’t come up with a new plan to replace the ACA and won’t even try until after the November 2020 elections– when, Trump believes, he will be reelected and the Republicans will have majorities in both houses of Congress.
Some “priority,” Congressman.
Cline added: “Health care is a priority in my district. It’s rural, the average age is higher. So folks do need health care in my district.” And yet as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, Cline was a leading opponent of the legislation that expanded Medicaid under the ACA, making it possible for hundreds of thousands of low-income working Virginians to obtain health insurance.