July 30, 2020

Rep. Lawson Votes to Cut Off Justice Department Funds for Anti-ACA Lawsuit

WASHINGTON DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson voted to pass an amendment to prevent the Justice Department from spending any federal funds for the Trump Administration’s lawsuit to strike down the Affordable Care Act.  

“For months, the coronavirus crisis has wreaked a deadly toll on the lives and livelihoods of the people of Florida and all Americans,” Rep. Lawson said. “Today, as our nation reached a staggering 4.5 million people infected, the need for access to quality, affordable health care is more critical than ever.  Yet, despite the risk to the health and financial security of Florida families, Republicans continue to advance their shameful anti-health care lawsuit to dismantle the entirety of the ACA and destroy every last life-saving protection for seniors, families and all Americans.  I am proud to join my colleagues to oppose the Trump Administration’s dangerous lawsuit and protect the safety of Americans during this unprecedented health emergency.”

If the Administration’s lawsuit succeeds, it would destroy:

  • Health care coverage for 23 million Americans – about 3 million more than was forecast before the coronavirus pandemic;
  • Lifesaving protections for an estimated 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, a number that could also swell as coronavirus infections leave more Americans bearing a pre-existing condition for the rest of their lives;
  • The ban on lifetime and annual limits on health coverage;
  • The Medicaid expansion covering 15 million Americans;
  • Health insurance affordability tax credits that make health care affordable for 9 million Americans;
  • The significant savings on their prescription drugs that many seniors are receiving due to the ACA’s closing of the ‘donut hole’ in Medicare drug coverage;
  • 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.

The amendment was accepted into the appropriations minibus legislation funding the Department of Justice, which is expected to pass the House tomorrow.

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