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ESHOO HOLDS HEARING ON IMPACTS OF HARMFUL LAWSUIT CHALLENGING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. ANNOUNCES HEARING NEXT WEEK TO EXAMINE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S SABOTAGE OF THE ACA

February 6th, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Chairwoman of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, held the subcommittee’s first hearing of the 116th Congress to examine the impacts of the Texas v. United States court case on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and on Americans with pre-existing conditions.

“Health care was the single most important issue to voters in the 2018 election, yet the Affordable Care Act is still under attack nearly ten years after the landmark bill was signed into law,” said Rep. Eshoo. “The stakes in Texas vs. United States couldn’t be higher. If the ACA is struck down, 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions could be denied coverage or charged higher rates; 13 million low-income Americans will lose coverage under the expansion of Medicaid; and private insurance plans will no longer be required to provide the essential benefits of mental health care, emergency services, and maternity and newborn care. This hearing helps the American people better understand what’s at stake if the ACA is struck down and lays the groundwork for the Democratic House to defend and strengthen the ACA.”

Chairwoman Eshoo also announced a legislative hearing next week on three bills that will begin to reverse the Trump Administration’s sabotage of the ACA.

“Next week the subcommittee will hold a legislative hearing on proposals to reverse the Trump Administration’s expansion of junk insurance plans, also known as short-term limited duration insurance plans. The hearing will also examine legislation to restore outreach and enrollment funding that has been slashed by the Trump Administration as well as legislation to reverse the Trump Administration’s guidance on 1332 waivers that would allow states to undermine the ACA’s protections for pre-existing conditions and harm patients’ access to care.”

Background

Last February, 20 Attorneys General and Governors sued the federal government, challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act following the repeal of the individual mandate in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. In December, a federal judge declared the entire ACA unconstitutional in Texas v. United States. The ruling was appealed by 20 Attorneys General, led by California’s Xavier Beccera, and the judge issued a stay while the appeal is pending.

A copy of Chairwoman Eshoo’s opening statement can be found here.

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