For Immediate Release

June 6, 2019

Contact: Courtney Beyer, [email protected]

Wisconsin Democrats Host Press Call Slamming Trump Lawsuit on Preexisting Conditions

MADISON -- On this date last year, the Trump administration filed court documents in an ongoing GOP lawsuit arguing that protections for preexisting conditions should be ruled unconstitutional before later pushing to overturn the entire ACA -- jeopardizing vital health care coverage for people across the country and potentially spiking health care costs for hardworking Wisconsin families.

Today on a press conference call, state Rep. Chris Taylor discussed the importance of the ACA’s protections for people with preexisting conditions, emphasized the importance of expanding Medicaid in Wisconsin, and called out Trump and Republicans for their toxic health care agenda.   

Rep. Chris Taylor: “When the Trump administration files lawsuits to make coverage for preexisting conditions unconstitutional, even though Americans support that coverage by wide margins, and when Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says that he’ll see Medicaid expanded in Wisconsin over his dead body, even though it could cover 82,000 more people in our state, it’s clear that Republicans don’t get it. Since Trump and Republicans don’t have the backs of hardworking Wisconsin families, and voters will hold them accountable.”

  • Axios: “If DOJ ultimately gets its way here, the ripple effects would be cataclysmic.”
  • Vox: “During his presidential campaign, Trump told 60 Minutes, ‘I am going to take care of everybody.’ On the campaign trail in 2018, he sounded similar. ‘We will always protect Americans with preexisting conditions,’ he said at an event in Philadelphia just before the midterm elections.”
  • New York Times: “As many as 133 million Americans — roughly half the population under the age of 65 — have pre-existing medical conditions that could disqualify them from buying a health insurance policy or cause them to pay significantly higher premiums if the health law were overturned, according to a government analysis done in 2017.”

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