Rosen Tours OptumCare Cancer Center in Las Vegas, Discusses Legislative Work to Defend Health Care Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), participated in a tour of OptumCare Cancer Center in Las Vegas. During the tour, Senator Rosen learned about the different cancer-related services offered to patients, and discussed the need to defend the Affordable Care Act and its critical protections.

“Having the chance to visit one of Nevada’s wonderful health facilities and meet with the people working to provide care has only strengthened my resolve about the need to protect the Affordable Care Act,” said Senator Rosen. “Without adequate health care, these lifesaving services provided by cancer centers and other health care providers would be out of reach for everyday Nevadans and their families. I will continue working to protect our care from all those who would try to take it away.”

BACKGROUND: Earlier this week, on the first day of oral arguments of Texas v. United States, Senator Rosen stood with her colleagues during a bicameral health care press conference calling on this Administration to stop the assaults on the ACA and protect the 20 million people at risk of losing coverage if the ACA is struck down. 

As one of her first actions in the Senate, Senator Rosen joined Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) in introducing a resolution that would authorize Senate Legal Counsel to intervene in Texas v. United States – a pending lawsuit in federal court, on behalf of the U.S. Senate, in order to defend the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and its coverage protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Earlier this year, the Trump Administration filed a brief in this case calling for the courts to strike down the ACA in its entirety. In March, Senator Rosen also helped introduce a resolution that would provide the sense of the Senate that the Justice Department should reverse its policy of refusing to defend the constitutionality of the ACA, including the law’s coverage protections for those with pre-existing conditions, in Texas v. United States.

Last Congress, then-Congresswoman Rosen introduced the same resolution in the House. Rosen’s House resolution was co-sponsored by the Ranking Members of all House committees of jurisdiction in addition to Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer. The resolution had nearly 190 co-sponsors by the end of the 115th Congress.