Pelosi Statement on House Filing Amicus Brief in Lawsuit Against Trump’s Junk Insurance Plans

November 12, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement on the filing today of the U.S. House of Representatives’ amicus brief in D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Association for Community Affiliated Plans v. U.S. Department of Treasury, to oppose the Trump Administration rule allowing the sale of so-called Short-Term Limited Duration Health Insurance Policies that do not protect people with pre-existing conditions and do not have to cover essential benefits:

“The Trump Administration continues to work to push families into disastrous junk plans that do not protect people with pre-existing conditions, fail to meet minimum standards of care and risk the financial security of millions of hard-working families.

“While the Trump Administration undermines protections for people with pre-existing conditions at every turn, House Democrats are fighting back in the courts and in the Congress to defend and strengthen these lifesaving protections.  This summer, House Democrats passed H.R. 987, the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act, sweeping legislation that includes provisions to block the Administration’s rule cynically expanding junk health insurance plans.  Today, we have filed an amicus brief to add the full legal weight of the House of Representatives into the defense of the 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions.

“Instead of cynically trying to dismantle lifesaving health care protections, the Trump Administration must follow the law.”