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Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire

Kuster Condemns Fifth Circuit Court Decision to Overturn the Affordable Care Act

Dec 18, 2019
Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02), issued the following statement condemning the Fifth Circuit Court ruling on the Trump Administration-supported lawsuit to overturn the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA protects the tens of millions of Americans with preexisting conditions, reduces out-of-pocket costs, expands Medicaid, bans junk insurance plans, and allows Americans to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans until the age of 26. This ruling threatens the care of the millions of Americans who rely on the Affordable Care Act to access the care they need.

“For years, Republicans have tried and failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Now, the Trump Administration is using the courts to overturn this critical legislation and take health care away from millions of Americans. We are working to protect people with preexisting conditions, lower prescription drug costs, and improve the quality of health care in our nation – my legislation, H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act, passed the House in May. Just last week, we passed historic legislation to lower the price of prescription drugs. Unfortunately, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refuses to bring these life-saving bills to a vote, and the Trump Administration is actively working to sabotage the ACA and take health care away from millions of Americans. I am committed to protecting the health care of Granite Staters and all Americans.”

A member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, Kuster has advocated to strengthen our health care system and protect every American’s access to care. In May, the Congresswoman’s legislation, the Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act, passed the House. This legislation would protect individuals with preexisting conditions from efforts by the Trump Administration to undermine their access to care. Kuster has repeatedly called on Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to bring her legislation to a vote, which he has so far failed to do. Rep. Kuster is focused on working across the aisle to improve the Affordable Care Act, including proposals to address the cost of care and stabilize the individual marketplace, as well as push back against partisan efforts to undermine the ACA.