Pelosi Statement on House Reply Brief to Supreme Court on GOP’s Anti-ACA Lawsuit

July 29, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement as the House of Representatives filed a reply brief in the case of California v. Texas, to support the Affordable Care Act:

“In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, with over 150,000 Americans tragically dead, millions of Americans infected, and millions more losing their jobs and their health care coverage, the Affordable Care Act’s life-saving protections are more important than ever.  Yet Republicans continue their shameful, unjustifiable legal campaign to tear away protections for people with pre-existing conditions along with every other benefit and protection of the ACA.

“As our House brief argues, ‘That respondents persist in such a meritless challenge—in the midst of a public-health emergency that continues to claim thousands of lives each week, ravage the economy, and make normal life impossible—is difficult to comprehend. […] The debilitating uncertainty that respondents’ lawsuit has inflicted on the nation’s health care system—and the fear and insecurity it has inflicted on millions of Americans—should be brought to an end now.’

“Republicans must abandon their relentless efforts to rip away health care from the 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions and every other family who depends on the Affordable Care Act’s life-saving protections.  In the depths of this ferocious pandemic, when the health of countless Americans is at risk, Democrats will never stop our work in the courts and in the Congress to defend and strengthen affordable health care for all Americans.”