Neal Statement on Republican Attack on Pre-Existing Condition Protections

Sep 5, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Ways & Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) released the following statement after today’s oral arguments in Texas v. United States:
“Today, the Trump Administration abandoned its responsibility to defend federal law and in doing so put health care coverage for 130 million Americans in the balance. In a move supported by congressional Republicans, the Trump Justice Department agreed with 20 Republican-led states that pre-existing condition protections should be eliminated. If the President and GOP attorneys general succeed in this latest attack, we’ll return to the days when insurance companies could charge people with pre-existing conditions more for coverage, or even deny coverage altogether. 
“Life is tough enough for American families without their own government standing up in federal court and refusing to protect their health and economic security. Regardless of the outcome of today’s hearing, Democrats will continue working to ensure strong protections for people living with pre-existing conditions remain in place.”