Schakowsky Statement as Supreme Court Oral Arguments on the Affordable Care Act Case Begin
Today, the Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments in Texas v. California, a Republican-backed lawsuit to strike down the Affordable Care Act and its critical protections. For 10 years, the Republicans have tried, and failed, to take down this law and the lifesaving care it affords millions of Americans.
“Today’s Supreme Court oral arguments meant to strip healthcare from millions of Americans, with no plan to replace it, in the middle of a pandemic, are exactly what you would expect from our impeached President’s Administration as he heads out the door.
“One of the most rewarding days of my life was March 23, 2010 — the day when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was signed into law. Obamacare ends insurance industry abuses in the health system, improves Medicare and Medicaid for seniors and people with disabilities, and covers millions of uninsured Americans.
“Thousands upon thousands of my constituents, and millions of Americans have received free preventive services, young adults now have health insurance through their parents’ plan, children are no longer denied care because of pre-existing conditions, and seniors and persons with disabilities are paying lower prescription drug bills.
“All of this will come to a screeching halt if the Republicans and President Trump get their way. With only 71 days remaining in the Trump Administration, it should be abundantly clear that the cruelty is the point. They don’t care about you, and they don’t care about your health. They just care about tearing down every single one of President Barack Obama’s achievements.
“This case is doomed to fail, and in the next Congress the House of Representatives will take steps alongside President Biden to strengthen the ACA and work diligently to address the public health needs of our great nation.”