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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05)

October 20, 2020

Press Release

Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Take Away Health Care for 827,000 Michiganders, Eliminate Coverage for Pre-Existing Conditions

FLINT—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today highlighted the Trump administration’s continued attacks on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which would take health care away from nearly one million Michiganders and eliminate protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

During a virtual congressional hearing of the Ways and Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight, Kildee and other Members of Congress heard testimony from expert witnesses on the Trump administration’s repeated attempts to sabotage and undermine health care coverage.

The Trump administration is currently arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the ACA. The Center for American Progress estimates eliminating the ACA would eliminate health care coverage for 827,000 Michiganders. The Trump administration has also refused to grant a special enrollment period for the health insurance exchanges during the coronavirus pandemic, when millions of workers lost their health coverage that was tied to their employer.

“In the richest country in the world, every American deserves access to quality, affordable health care,” Congressman Kildee said. “Democrats are working to expand coverage and lower costs for families, while President Trump and Republicans in Congress are asking the Supreme Court to take away heath care coverage for millions of Americans, including those with pre-existing conditions. Their attacks on the Affordable Care Act are dangerous, especially during a pandemic.”

Congressman Kildee continues to work to protect Michiganders with pre-existing conditions. Kildee supported the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act, which would build on the ACA and lower health care costs for Michiganders. Kildee also supported the passage of H.R. 3, the Elijah Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which would lower the cost of prescription drug by allowing Medicare to negotiate directly with drug companies.

A video of Congressman Kildee’s remarks today at the Oversight Subcommittee’s hearing can be found here.