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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

Rep. Courtney Votes to Condemn Trump Administration’s Support for Lawsuit That Would Eliminate Americans’ Health Care

April 3, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) voted to pass H.Res. 271, a resolution condemning the Trump Administration’s participation in the Texas v. U.S. health care lawsuit, which seeks to strike down protections for people with pre-existing conditions and the entirety of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The resolution also calls on the Department of Justice to reverse its position in the case.  The resolution passed the House today with bipartisan support by a vote of 240-186.

“Every American deserves access to affordable, quality healthcare, regardless of their medical history,” said Congressman Courtney. “Today’s vote was the House’s reassertion of our commitment to protecting that access. I implore my colleagues in the Senate to join us in sending a clear message to the President: The repeated assault on the healthcare of millions of hardworking Americans must end. We cannot turn the clock back on access to health care for people with pre-existing conditions.”

The resolution adopted today states that “the actions taken by the Trump Administration seeking the invalidation of the ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and later the invalidation of the entire ACA, are an unacceptable assault on the health care of the American people,” and that the Justice Department should “cease any and all efforts to destroy Americans’ access to affordable health care; and reverse its position in Texas v. United States.”

Last week, the Trump Administration expanded the scope of its attack on the Affordable Care Act by asking the court in Texas v. U.S. not only to strike down protections for people with pre-existing conditions, but also to eliminate every provision of the ACA.  In January, Congressman Courtney voted to authorize the counsel of the House of Representatives to throw its full legal weight against the suit.

Since its full implementation in 2014, the ACA has provided critical protections for the 130 million people in the U.S. with pre-existing conditions, including over 1.5 million Connecticut residents with pre-existing conditions. If the courts agree with the Trump Administration’s position, the following provisions would be struck down:

  • Protections for people with pre-existing conditions;
  • The ban on lifetime and annual limits on health coverage;
  • The Medicaid expansion covering 15 million Americans;
  • Health insurance affordability tax credits assisting 9 million Americans;
  • Bans on discriminatory insurance practices that force women to pay more for coverage;
  • Young adults’ ability to remain on their parents’ insurance until age 26, and more.