Kuster Statement on First Day of Oral Arguments in Supreme Court Case to Overturn the Affordable Care Act
Washington, November 10, 2020
Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, released the following statement as the U.S. Supreme Court begins to hear oral arguments in a case brought by Republicans to overturn the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“It is unconscionable that in the midst of a global pandemic that has taken the lives of nearly 240,000 Americans and infected more than 10 million people in our country, Republicans continue to take extraordinary steps to overturn the Affordable Care Act and strip millions of Americans of their health insurance,” said Kuster. “Today, following nearly a decade of failed Republican efforts to repeal the ACA with no replacement, the Supreme Court will begin to hear oral arguments in a case brought by Republicans and backed by the outgoing Trump Administration to overturn the ACA.”
“The ACA was an important step in improving access to health care for Granite State families and people across the country,” Kuster continued. “This landmark health care law expanded access to care to more than 20 million Americans and secured crucial protections for tens of millions of people living with preexisting conditions. I was proud that the House of Representatives passed my bill to ensure that people with preexisting conditions are protected, and I will continue working to improve the law and expand access to affordable health care while ensuring protections for the most vulnerable among us.”
Congresswoman Kuster’s legislation, the Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act (HR 986), passed the House last year and would revoke the Trump Administration’s guidance allowing health plans that do not cover preexisting conditions. Kuster is a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has jurisdiction over health care, Medicare & Medicaid, environmental protections, and many other issues. Since coming to Congress, Kuster has voted more than 50 times against Congressional Republicans’ efforts to repeal the ACA.