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DNC Statement on Attorney General Ken Paxton’s Lawsuit that Puts Texans’ Health at Risk
News Release
Thursday, September 06, 2018

DNC spokesperson Enrique Gutierrez released the following statement on yesterday’s oral arguments in the lawsuit intended to gut the ACA’s protections for pre-existing conditions and strip health care access away from millions of Americans:

“While health care continues to be one of the top issues on voters’ minds at the ballot box, Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton is pursuing a dangerous attack on the Affordable Care Act that could put the health of millions of Americans who have a pre-existing condition at risk. Before the ACA, as many as 10,694,000 Texans with pre-existing conditions -- like high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease -- could have been denied coverage.

“Unlike Texas Republican lawmakers and the Trump administration, the vast majority of Americans don’t want to go back to the days when insurance companies could deny coverage for pre-existing conditions. A new poll found that 75 percent of Americans, including 58 percent of Republicans, want to keep ACA protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Despite that, Paxton has filed a lawsuit to destroy these protections.

“There is no question that Paxton and Republicans who support this health care sabotage, like Ted Cruz, would be a threat to Texans’ health care and put Americans with pre-existing conditions at risk. Democrats believe that health care is a right, and we will continue to defend the protections of the Affordable Care Act and fight to expand access to affordable health care.”


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