Democrats are threatening to delay a vote on the GOP’s ObamaCare subsidies to help insurers cover dental and medical procedures until the bill is updated to address an oversight issue.
The House is poised to vote Friday on the bill, which would delay the ObamaCare subsidies from Oct. 1, and has not scheduled an action to update it since Wednesday, according to the Democratic Caucus.
Democrats are also warning that the bill could lead to millions of uninsured people losing their ObamaCare subsidies, which they say could lead insurers to pull out of the market.
A bill by Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) would also delay subsidies for health insurers.
Dent and other Democrats say the House’s ObamaCare bill would hurt millions of low-income Americans, who would be hit the hardest.
Dent’s bill would also force insurers to charge consumers higher premiums and deductibles, which Democrats argue is a violation of the Affordable Care Act.
“This is the ultimate repeal and replace, where you end up subsidizing insurers, and they’re going to have to give you subsidies,” Dent told Fox News.
“It’s going to be a big hit on people.”
Dent said Republicans are targeting “the poorest of the poor” and saying they want to “cut off the funding to cover people who can’t afford the insurance they have.”
“There are so many people in this country who are struggling to make ends meet, and this is an opportunity to help them,” Dent said.
“So this is going to hurt a lot of people, and we have to do something about it.”
Republicans are aiming to get a vote next week on a budget resolution to fund the government until at least March 8, which is when ObamaCare subsidies will be fully restored.
The bill has been under fire from conservatives and Democrats for not updating the bill enough to address the oversight issue, but Dent has said Republicans will amend the bill if they can’t get a budget-neutral budget resolution passed by the end of the month.
The legislation also includes $1.1 trillion in new money to pay for ObamaCare subsidies.
“The House is not willing to compromise on this,” Dent tweeted.
“We must pass a balanced, debt-neutral and health care-first budget resolution.”
Dent is one of the most prominent Republican lawmakers who have criticized the House GOP leadership for failing to address ObamaCare’s oversight, which has grown as the healthcare law has expanded.
The oversight issue was the top legislative priority for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R.-Wis.) in his first year in the House.
The Trump administration has said that the administration did not find any problems with ObamaCare before the start of the first year.