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U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Representing the 30th District of Texas

Congresswoman Johnson Opposes GOP Attacks on Health Care in Republican Lawsuit Against People with Pre-Existing Conditions

Sep 4, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC  – Tomorrow, as oral arguments begin in Texas v. United States, a Republican-led lawsuit to strike down the Affordable Care Act’s protections for Americans living with pre-existing conditions, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson voiced her firm opposition to the Republican assault on people with pre-existing conditions. The Republican lawsuit, coupled with their previously unsuccessful legislative efforts in Congress, jeopardizes the health care of 130 million Americans, including 68 million women and girls, nationwide. In Texas alone, the health care of 11,579,100 people, including 6,069,000 women and girls, could be dismantled if the lawsuit succeeds.

 

“First, Republicans voted to take away protections for pre-existing conditions; now they’re suing to destroy these protections in the courts,” said Congresswoman Johnson.

“Last year, Texas families rose up to defeat the House Republican plan to end protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions like asthma, diabetes, cancer, mental illness or substance abuse and push tens of millions more off their affordable, quality coverage,” continued Congresswoman Johnson. “But once again, Republicans have chosen to ignore the will of the people. Now, we see that Republicans are pushing a lawsuit that will lead to insurers charging more to cover Americans with pre-existing conditions or deny them coverage altogether. It is absolutely appalling that Republicans are working to ensure innocent people, including babies and little children, could be deprived of affordable coverage for their entire lives.”

 

According to reports from the Center for American Progress, the Republican efforts to eliminate protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions:

 

  • Jeopardize the health care and financial stability of 11,579,100 Texans;
  • Force 6,069,000 women and girls in Texas, including 534,000 pregnant women, to pay more for insurance or be denied coverage outright.

“Americans’ health care will never be safe as long as Republicans maintain the majority in Washington,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “I am proud to stand with hard-working Texan families to fight the vicious GOP attacks on families’ quality, affordable coverage and to ensure that all have access to the health care they need. Democrats will continue our fight For The People and give Texans a voice to protect their care and lower their health costs.”

 

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