WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) released the following statement in response to news that the Trump Administration has filed a brief to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in court.
“It is unconscionable that this Administration is actively working to take health care away from millions of Americans during a global public health crisis that has infected over 2 million Americans,” said Senator Rosen. “As we continue to witness the devastating health impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, Nevadans know that access to quality affordable health care is more important now than ever. We should be working to improve our health care system by making health care more affordable for families, lowering the cost of prescription drugs, and strengthening coverage protections for those with pre-existing conditions, not tearing care away from those in need. I will continue fighting in Congress to protect the health and well-being of Nevadans and defend our nation’s health care law.”
BACKGROUND: In March, Senator Rosen joined Senate colleagues in urging President Trump to reverse his policy of refusing to defend the constitutionality of the ACA in the Texas vs. United States lawsuit, and cease all other attempts to undermine our nation’s health care law.
As one of her first actions in the Senate, 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.
Last year, 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.