After trying and failing repeatedly to dismantle affordable health care in Congress, national Republican leaders are now using the courts to gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
A lawsuit filed by Texas and 19 other states led by Republican governors and attorneys general argues that key provisions of our national health care law, including protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions, are now illegal because of recent actions by Congressional Republican leaders to remove individual health care requirements.
Traditionally a president’s attorney general defends our laws in lawsuits against the government. But last night the Trump administration sent a letter to Paul Ryan announcing that it will not defend our health care law, and will instead allow these states to undermine our laws and get rid of protections for the people who need health insurance most.
As a member of Republican leadership, my opponent Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has remained silent on the administration’s decision, despite previously telling the media that she would defend protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
She says she’s voted for "more health care options," but what that means in practice is the option to not be covered at all, or the option to pay more for the coverage you’ve got. She voted on a health care law that would allow states to let insurers charge sick people more. Since that bill failed, Republican leaders are now letting the system fall apart through the courts.
Since the administration won’t do its duty to defend our laws, Congressional leaders need to either stand up to the administration or pass a law to protect people from losing their coverage.