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

Congresswoman Johnson Voices Opposition to Continued Lawsuit Against the Affordable Care Act

Jul 9, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments in Republicans’ Texas v. United States lawsuit, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson voiced her firm opposition to the continued Republican assault on the Affordable Care Act. The lawsuit, coupled with their previously unsuccessful legislative efforts in Congress, is the latest effort to strike down protections for people with pre-existing conditions, along with every benefit and protection provided by the Affordable Care Act. 

"As the first registered nurse elected to Congress, I can attest to the importance of the Affordable Care Act in improving our country’s health care, especially for the 133 million Americans living with pre-existing conditions – of which 11.5 million live in my home state of Texas,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “It is clear as day that this president and his administration will stop at nothing to tear down the very law that has expanded critical health care coverage to millions of Americans.”

If the current Administration is successful in dismantling the Affordable Care Act, the health and financial well-being of Texan families will be devastated:

  • 11,579,100 – Number of Texans who have pre-existing conditions and will lose their protections. This includes 1,721,600 Texas children, 6,069,000 Texas women, and 2,336,800 Texans between ages 55 and 64.
  • 1,700,000 – Number of Texans who could lose all health care coverage.
  • 205,000 – Young Texans under age 26 who could lose the ability to remain on their parents’ insurance.
  • $4,217 – Amount of a new “Age Tax” that insurance companies could charge Texans over the age of 50.
  • 7,536,000 – Number of Texans on private insurance who could face reinstated lifetime and annual limits on coverage.
  • 851,914 – Number of Texans who will pay more for coverage without access to health insurance affordability tax credits.
  • 333,523 – Number of Texas seniors who could have to pay more for their prescription drugs.

“I came to Congress to fight for our hard-working families, and I will continue to stand strong against attempts to destroy Texans’ quality, affordable health care,” continued Congresswoman Johnson.  “The Democratic House is working tirelessly to strengthen protections for people with pre-existing conditions and lower health costs and prescription drug prices.  Democrats will continue to deliver on our For The People agenda to ensure accessible and quality health care for our seniors and families across America.”