WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) joined Senator John Tester (D-MT) and Senate colleagues in introducing a resolution condemning the “reckless” efforts of the Trump Administration to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and demanding the Department of Justice (DOJ) defend existing law in court and halt its efforts to repeal the health care protections for millions – including 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions— in the middle of a public health emergency.
“This Administration’s continued efforts to take health care away from millions of Americans during a global public health crisis is unconscionable,” said Senator Rosen. “At a time when access to quality, affordable health care is more important than ever, we should be working to strengthen and improve our health care system, not tear care away from the millions of Americans who desperately need it. I will continue fighting in Congress to protect the health and well-being of Nevadans and defend our nation’s health care law.”
Read the Senators’ full resolution here.
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.
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.
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.