Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Opposes Trump Administration Action to Strip Coverage from 11 million Texans with Pre-Existing Conditions
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson today voiced her opposition to the Trump Administration’s announcement that it will argue in court that the protections in the Affordable Care Act for individuals with pre-existing conditions should be struck down. Approximately 11,579,100 Texans have pre-existing conditions, according to the Center for American Progress.
“Once again, the Trump Administration is taking action that does nothing but hurt Americans in need of our help,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “More than 11 million Texans would lose access to health care coverage directly because of this irresponsible action by President Trump and his appointees. As the first registered nurse in Congress, I understand the great progress we have made because of the ACA and will not allow us to return to the time when being a woman was considered a pre-existing condition.”
This decision by the Trump administration comes following the, on average, 15 percent spike in premiums on plans purchased through the individual market place, which resulted from the corporate tax break the GOP passed at the expense of middle class Americans. The nonpartisan CBO also reported that another 3 million will be pushed off their coverage altogether.
“Republicans have shown through their actions they value the insurance industry’s profits more than lowering the cost of health care coverage for millions of Americans. I call on my colleagues in Congress to work together so we avoid the detrimental consequences this misguided action will certainly cause.”
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