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01.21.2020 / Press Release

Statement: Health Care for Millions of People Still in the Balance with SCOTUS Decision

Washington, D.C. – Frederick Isasi, Executive Director of Families USA, issued the following statement regarding the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States to deny a motion to expedite the health care repeal lawsuit.

 Health Care for Millions of People Still in the Balance with SCOTUS Decision

Trump Administration Has Turned Their Backs on People with Pre-existing Conditions

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court leaves access to health care for millions of people in the balance all because the Court has decided not to immediately take-up the health care repeal lawsuit. In particular, the health care for tens of millions of people with pre-existing conditions, children, seniors, those who rely on Medicaid and people with disabilities is in jeopardy.

For people like Vanessa Rastovic of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who was born with multiple pre-existing conditions, finding affordable healthcare coverage—if she could get coverage at all— has been a major challenge most of her life. The Affordable Care Act has meant that health insurers cannot charge her more or exclude her from coverage simply because of her health conditions. “That’s why it’s really scary for me when they talk about changing the ACA or losing protections for a pre-existing condition,” Vanessa said. “That would put me in terrible shape.”

President Trump and Republican leaders should be held accountable for their efforts to dismantle protections for people with pre-existing conditions as well as trying to take away financial support to ensure health care is affordable. This case is being heard because of their actions to undermine the health care law and that is why the health care of Vanessa and millions like her hangs in the balance.”