WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement in response to the United States Supreme Court hearing California v. Texas, a case that may determine the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA):
“Access to quality, affordable health care coverage is critical, especially now,” said Senator Rosen. “Since becoming law, the Affordable Care Act has guaranteed health care to thousands of Nevada families, regardless of pre-existing conditions. Without the ACA’s protections in place, Americans will be in danger of losing health care coverage in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. I call on the Supreme Court to uphold the ACA and rule against this attempt to sabotage our nation’s health care law. I will continue to fight on behalf of all Nevadans who demand and deserve access to quality health care.”
BACKGROUND: In one of her first actions in the Senate, Senator Rosen joined Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) in introducing a resolution to authorize Senate Legal Counsel to intervene in Texas v. United States – a lawsuit that was a precursor to the current case California v. Texas – on behalf of the U.S. Senate, in order to defend the Affordable Care Act and its protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
Last year, Senator Rosen co-sponsored the Family Coverage Act, legislation that would amend the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to provide tax credits to offset the cost of health insurance to spouses and children when an individual’s employer-sponsored coverage is not affordable for their family.
Last year, Senator Rosen also co-sponsored legislation to block implementation of the Trump Administration’s rule expanding short-term health insurance plans that do not include protections for pre-existing conditions or provide essential health benefits.