Kaptur condemns Republican-led lawsuit aimed at gutting protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions

September 5, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, as arguments begin in a Federal District Court in the Republican-led Texas v. United States lawsuit to strike down the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation, called on Republicans to stop their attacks on Americans’ health care.

“As health costs soar, the attacks on Americans’ health care by Republican leaders in Congress continues,” said Kaptur. “While President Trump made promises about lower costs and better coverage that has yet to materialize. Instead, we are witnessing a sustained attack on the Affordable Care Act and the life-saving protections for those with pre-existing conditions. Congress cannot sit idly by while the American people’s health security is faced with such uncertainty and instability.”

“This is life or death for many Americans and the silence of Congressional Republicans is deafening,” Kaptur concluded.

According to a study by the Center for American Progress, the Republican lawsuit jeopardizes the health care of 130 million Americans, including 68 million women and girls, nationwide.  In Ohio, the health care of 4.8 million people with pre-existing conditions could be threatened if the lawsuit succeeds.

Last year, Kaptur brought Ohioan Kevin Filiatraut to President Trump’s joint address to Congress. Mr. Filiatraut’s wife, Kim, is a cancer survivor and was able to get life-saving coverage and treatment thanks to the protections in the Affordable Care Act.

Learn more about the Democrats’ plan for lower health care costs here.