News from Representative DeGette

       

Dear Friend,

I’ve just returned home to Colorado and want to recap some important developments from the past week.

President Trump’s decision to end payments to insurers that help low-income Americans afford plans under the Affordable Care Act is his latest step to sabotage the law. It will cause an estimated one million Americans to lose coverage in the first year, drive up costs for everyone else and create dangerous instability in insurance markets. Since his failure to repeal ACA through Congress, he has worked to dismantle it by edict; this is Trumpcare by a thousand cuts. Congress must intervene now and pass the Marketplace Certainly Act (H.R. 3258), which will permanently provide these funds at no additional cost to taxpayers.  

condemned President Trump’s health care executive order, announced on Thursday, which is a deliberate effort to weaken the Affordable Care Act. It further destabilizes insurance markets through the expansion of short-term and association health plans that would not have to comply with the ACA's core consumer protections like essential health benefits. The expansion of these short-term plans, which are intended to fill gaps for consumers who experience a lapse in coverage, will be especially problematic for patients with pre-existing conditions. The President should end his spiteful crusade to destroy the ACA and instead encourage bipartisan cooperation to improve the law. 

Meanwhile, the Republican majority has still failed to renew funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, community health center grants and other programs nearly two weeks after the October 1 deadline. Millions of Americans rely on these lifelines and I will continue pushing back on GOP inaction.

Americans are still reeling from the devastating shooting in Las Vegas, which highlighted yet again our country’s need for comprehensive gun safety legislation. The Keep Americans Safe Act (H.R. 4052), which we introduced this week, prohibits the transfer, importation or possession of high-capacity magazines that are capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Too many people have used these weapons to commit grave harm. There is simply no reason for civilians to access these war-like weapons. We can ensure every American’s Second Amendment rights while also creating common-sense safeguards to protect lives, and this legislation is one such measure that I’m honored to support.

I worked to ensure stronger online privacy safeguards this week. As co-chairs of the Congressional Privacy Caucus, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) and I sent a letter to Equifax Interim CEO Paulino do Rego Barros Jr. requesting more information on any new programs or policies that his company plans to implement after the historic data breach that compromised 145 million people’s credit files. While there is no national standard for the types of remedies that should be offered to those whose data has been compromised, we believe services previously offered to identity theft victims, such as credit and financial monitoring, dark web monitoring and stolen funds reimbursement, need to be considered. We await a thorough response.

Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands continue to need our support as they struggle to survive and recover from Hurricane Maria's devastation. The aid package that we just passed in the House is a good start, but still not enough to cover the massive challenges these U.S. territories face. As more information comes in from remote areas of Puerto Rico, the death toll reportedly continues to rise. Survivors in some places are desperately trying to obtain drinking water, even from contaminated superfund sites. These are serious crises you can’t just throw paper towels at -- they demand our government’s full support.

And of course, I'm taking a close look at the implications of President Trump's announcement today that he will not certify Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

I’m looking forward to discussing these matters and more at tomorrow’s community forum at West High School in Denver from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. It’s still not too late to RSVP – just click on this link

As always, you can visit my website, where you can read my positions on issues and learn about the different ways my staff can assist you. While you’re there, be sure to visit the “Contact” page and send me an email about what matters most to you and your family. Finally, be sure to share this email with your friends, family, and neighbors so that they too can be a part of this important dialogue.


Sincerely,

Diana DeGette
Member of Congress

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