Rep. Kaptur Condemns Trump Administration’s Continued Assault on Americans’ Healthcare
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) released the following statement after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals began hearing oral arguments in the Texas v. U.S. lawsuit, Republicans’ latest efforts to strike down every benefit afforded to the American people under the Affordable Care Act, including protections for 130 million Americans living with pre-existing conditions. Rep. Kaptur highlighted the devastating impact the Republican lawsuit would have on hard-working families across Northern Ohio and throughout the United States.
“Since the Affordable Care Act became law, it has provided coverage to more than 200,000 Ohioans and 16 million Americans,” said Rep. Kaptur. “Sadly, President Trump and his Republican colleagues have been relentless in their efforts to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act and all the benefits the legislation has afforded the American people since its inception, including protections for nearly 130 million Americans – roughly one third of the American population – who live with pre-existing conditions. While Republicans go to court to destroy Americans’ healthcare, House Democrats voted on Day One of this new Congress to throw the full legal weight of the House of Representatives against this disastrous GOP lawsuit.”
If the Trump Administration gets its way:
- 741,000 Ohioans would lose their health coverage, leading to a 105% increase in the uninsured rate.
- 4,830,000 Ohioans with pre-existing conditions and will lose their protections, along with 130 million nationwide.
- 81,000 young Ohioans under the age of 26 would lose the ability to remain on their parents’ health insurance.
- Insurance companies would be able to charge people over the age of 50 a $4,000 “Age Tax,” including $3,329 in Ohio.
- Insurance companies would once again have the power to put annual or lifetime limits on coverage for as many as 4,154,000 Ohioans, even those who get their insurance through their employer.
- 151,026 Ohioans in the marketplace would pay more for coverage without access to health insurance affordability tax credits.
- 214,388 Ohio seniors would have to pay more for prescription drugs.
“I will continue to stand strong against the Trump Administration’s immoral attempts to destroy Ohioans access to quality, affordable health care,” Rep. Kaptur continued. “House Democrats are taking action to lower healthcare costs and prescription drug prices while strengthening protections for hardworking Americans in communities across the U.S. living with pre-existing conditions. We will continue to deliver for the American people and ensure that high quality healthcare remains a right, not a privilege, for all.”