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Murray On Trump’s Attempts to Hide His Plan to Gut Pre-Ex Protections: “No One Is Falling For This”

Murray calls out President Trump, Senate Republicans for rushing SCOTUS nominee ahead of Nov. 10th arguments on partisan health care lawsuit, while failing to act on serious COVID-19 relief


(Washington, D.C.) –  Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement in response to President Trump announcing several new executive orders regarding health care, even as he argues in court to strike down the Affordable Care Act—including protections for pre-existing conditions, Medicaid expansion, cost protections for patients, and more.


“President Trump and Senate Republicans have tried countless times to take protections for pre-existing conditions away over the last four years, and they’re still trying today, in a lawsuit the Supreme Court will hear just days after the election. Their actions have life and death consequences for millions of Americans, especially in the middle of a pandemic—so no one is falling for this kind of talk.”


“And, it is shameful that in the middle of a public health crisis like the one we’re in, with more than 200,000 Americans dead and the economy ground to a halt, Republicans’ number one priority is jamming through President Trump’s conservative court pick in time to win a blatantly partisan lawsuit and upend health care for families across the country.”


The effort from President Trump to distract from his health care lawsuit, comes as Republicans gear up to jam through a conservative Supreme Court nominee who could play a critical role in deciding the case.


A Republican victory in the lawsuit would ultimately:

  • Strip health care away from tens of millions of people who got coverage through Medicaid expansion and the exchanges;
  • End protections for pre-existing conditions that over 130 million patients rely on;
  • Kick young adults off their parents’ insurance;
  • Remove protections against exorbitant health care costs like limits on patients’ out-of-pocket costs, or the prohibition against companies placing annual and lifetime caps on benefits, even for people who get coverage through their jobs;
  • Take away essential health benefits that require insurance to cover critical health services—including preventive care like vaccines.