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Murray: “Blatantly Partisan” Republican Legal Threat Once Again Jeopardizes Pre-Ex Protections; Families’ Health Care

Murray urges Republicans who claimed to support pre-existing conditions to show leadership; ensure people are protected from reckless Republican political games


(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on a ruling jeopardizing health care for tens of millions of people across the country. 


“Thanks to Republicans’ nonstop effort to jeopardize health care in our country, tens of millions of people with pre-existing conditions, women in need of affordable birth control, and seniors stretching to afford their prescriptions are worried once again about what the future holds for their health care coverage.


“Democrats are going to keep fighting to protect care for every patient and family in our country, but let me be clear: this blatantly partisan legal threat shows it's time for every single Republican who claimed this November that they support protections for pre-existing conditions, or care about affordable health care for the people they represent, to prove it by showing some leadership, dropping the harmful partisan politics, and making sure families aren’t hurt once again by their party’s reckless political games.


“The ruling comes just one day before the open enrollment deadline for 2019, and families can and should continue to sign up for coverage on the exchanges.”