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Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham

Representing the 1st District of New Mexico

Rep. Lujan Grisham Statement on GOP Lawsuit to Destroy Protections for People with Pre-Existing Conditions

Sep 5, 2018
Press Release

Rep. Lujan Grisham Statement on GOP Lawsuit to Destroy Protections for People with Pre-Existing Conditions

WASHINGTON, DC - 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, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) condemned the attacks on people with pre-existing conditions in the Congress and the courts:

“This lawsuit is the latest deliberate effort by the Trump administration or Congressional Republicans to undercut the health and well-being of countless New Mexicans.  They have repeatedly attempted to eliminate life-saving consumer protections and destabilize the health care market which increases costs and has made health care even more unaffordable for millions of families. Playing politics with people’s lives neglects Congress’s responsibility to take bi-partisan action to reduce prescription drug prices, hold insurance companies accountable, and increase access.

“If successful, this Republican lawsuit would put insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry back in the driver’s seat, raising costs, and threatening access to care for the more than 840,000 New Mexicans with a pre-existing condition like asthma, cancer, diabetes, or heart disease. I am proud to stand with New Mexican families to fight for quality, affordable coverage, and to ensure that all have access to the health care that they need.”

According to reports from the Center for American Progress, the Administration and Congressional Republicans’ efforts to eliminate protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions would:

  • Jeopardize the health care and financial stability of 843,500 New Mexicans with pre-existing conditions.
  • Force 425,000 women and girls in New Mexico including 38,000 pregnant women, to pay more for insurance or be denied coverage outright.

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