Dec 19 2019
Washington—Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on the 5th Circuit decision regarding the Affordable Care Act:
“After multiple failed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Trump decided to back a lawsuit that would take health insurance away from millions of Americans.
“By ruling in favor of President Trump and against the Affordable Care Act, the 5th Circuit has endangered a law that has been incredibly effective since its passage in 2010. All told, more than 20 million Americans have gained health coverage as a result of the law.
“If the courts find the law unconstitutional because of a Republican lawsuit, the number of uninsured would skyrocket. In California alone, the health care consumer group Families USA predicts 3.8 million individuals could lose coverage. And all Americans with pre-existing conditions, some 135 million nationwide, could lose protections.
“It would be a disaster.
“It’s time for Republicans to stop their war on the Affordable Care Act and join with us to make it stronger. It’s a successful law that has revolutionized health insurance in America. Stop trying to undermine it.”