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Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa

Representing the 1st District of Hawaii

Congresswoman Hanabusa’s Statement on Republican Efforts to Take Away Protections for People with Pre-Existing Conditions

September 5, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, as oral arguments begin in a federal District Court in Texas in the Republicans’ Texas v. United States lawsuit to strike down the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions, Congresswoman Hanabusa released the following statement about the GOP’s assaults on people with pre-existing conditions in the Congress and the courts. 

The Republican lawsuit jeopardizes the health care of 130 million Americans, including 68 million women and girls, nationwide.  In Hawaii, 593,000 people with pre-existing conditions could lose their protections if the lawsuit succeeds.

“First, Republicans voted to take away protections for pre-existing conditions; now they’re suing to destroy these protections,” sad Congresswoman Hanabusa.“The House Republican plan to end protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions like asthma, diabetes, cancer, mental illness or substance abuse, a move that would have pushed tens of millions more off their affordable, quality coverage, failed last year. American families pushed back hard on attempts to take away their access to quality, affordable, healthcare. Unfortunately, Republicans have chosen to ignore the will of the people, and are now pushing a lawsuit that would spell the end of basic protections that prevent insurers from denying coverage to Americans with pre-existing conditions or charging them more. It is appalling that some of my colleagues across the aisle are working to make sure that women, children, kupuna and millions of others could be deprived of affordable coverage for their entire lives. We will continue to fight For The People and work to realize A Better Deal to protect their care and lower their health costs.