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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida

Rep. Lawson Fights to Keep Protections for People with Pre-Existing Conditions

July 9, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) responded to the latest efforts to strike down protections for people with pre-existing conditions as well as every last benefit and protection provided by the Affordable Care Act.  Rep. Lawson highlighted the devastating impact that the Texas v. U.S. lawsuit could have on hard-working families throughout Florida and across the country.

“In 2018, Floridians made it clear that they want a Congress committed to defending the quality, affordable health care that they and their families rely on,” Rep. Lawson said.  “While Republicans go to court to destroy protections for people with pre-existing conditions, 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.  Democrats are honoring our promise to the American people to safeguard protections for pre-existing conditions and the health care of all Americans.  Yet, despite what the Trump Administration says, it is relentlessly pursuing its shameful assault on Americans’ health care, and if its lawsuit is successful, the protections for people with pre-existing conditions will be eviscerated and millions of Americans will lose their coverage. Floridians deserve better.” 

If the Trump Administration gets its way, the health and financial well-being of Florida families will be devastated by the GOP’s reckless health care assault:

  • 7,810,300 – Number of Florida men, women and children who have pre-existing conditions and will lose their protections. 
  • 1.6 Million – Number of Floridians who could lose all health care coverage.
  • 132,000 – Young Floridians under age 26 who could lose the ability to remain on their parents’ insurance.
  • $4,007 – Amount of a new “Age Tax” that insurance companies could charge Floridians over the age of 50.
  • 5,587,000 – Number of  Floridians who could face reinstated lifetime and annual limits on coverage.
  • 1,432,332 – Number of Floridians who will pay more for coverage without access to health insurance affordability tax credits.
  • 344,343 – Number of Florida seniors who could have to pay more for their prescription drugs.