Rep. Gene Green Statement on DOJ’s Announcement to Not Defend Affordable Care Act in Court
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Gene Green (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and co-author of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Justice’s announcement that it will to no longer defend the ACA in court:
“The latest news of sabotage to the Affordable Care Act comes at a time when states throughout the country are proposing double-digit rate hikes for ACA plans in 2019, as a result of the Trump administration repealing the individual mandate and halting cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurers, which help families afford high deductibles and out-of-pocket health care costs.
The administration’s decision to not defend the ACA is devastating. What this means is millions of families and individuals with pre-existing conditions and mental health and substance abuse disorders could possibly lose their health insurance. The actions taken by the administration is bad policy and will do more harm to Texas, which has already the highest population of uninsured people in the nation. As a co-author of the ACA, I will continue to fight against every act of sabotage and stand up for everyone’s right to have access to quality health care. ”