WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) helped pass a resolution out of the House that urged the White House to drop its lawsuit that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its entirety and would raise health care costs for American families. Last week, the White House dramatically escalated its legal war on our health care system – urging the courts to strike down the entire ACA without a replacement plan in place. Meanwhile, Congresswoman Bustos joined House Democrats to introduce legislation that would strengthen the ACA, bring premiums down for families and protect patients with pre-existing conditions.
“Last week as I helped introduce legislation to bring down health care costs for families, the White House escalated a dangerous legal war that would sow chaos on our entire health care system,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “I voted for today’s resolution because the stakes are high for families who already struggle to afford care – this lawsuit would wipe out critical patient protections, kick folks off their health insurance and raise premium costs across the board. The American people elected us to find solutions and bring down the cost of care, and that’s what I’ll continue to do – I’d urge the White House to be a willing partner and do the same.”
The administration’s lawsuit would eliminate the ACA without a replacement – including the law’s patient protections for folks with pre-existing conditions, assistance for seniors with high drug costs, the ban on lifetime limits, bipartisan Medicaid expansion and the ability of individuals to stay on their parents’ health insurance until the age of 26. Additionally, an estimated 20 million Americans would lose care.
The resolution passed today – H.Res. 271 – resolves that it is the sense of the House of Representatives that:
- The actions taken by the administration seeking the invalidation of the ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and later the invalidation of the entire ACA, are an unacceptable assault on the health care of the American people; and
- The Department of Justice should:
- Protect individuals with pre-existing conditions, seniors struggling with high prescription drug costs, and the millions of people in the United States who newly gained health insurance coverage since 2014; and
- Cease any and all efforts to destroy Americans’ access to affordable health care; and reverse its position in Texas v. United States.