July 22, 2019/Media

ICYMI: Texas Democrats Push Back Against Trump And Paxton’s ACA Sabotage Attempts, Fight to Protect Texans Health Care

AUSTIN, TX – Fresh from hearings for Texas v. United States, a lawsuit led by indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Texas Democrats gathered last Friday to warn Texans of the devastating consequences if the Affordable Care Act is struck down.


The health care of tens of millions of Americans is on the line. Trump, Paxton and Republicans are trying to do in the courts what they failed to do in Congress: repeal our entire health care law.


Texas Democrats believe health care is a right for everyone, not a privilege for a few. While Republicans look to take away and sabotage America’s health care, Democrats are fighting to protect and expand health care for all.


See for yourself:


Spectrum News: Republican Victory Against ACA, Democrats Fight Back

As an appeals court currently weighs the fate of the latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, Texas Democrats and other health officials said ending it will be disastrous.


“It means that about 21 million Americans will lose their health insurance coverage,” said Congressman Llyod Doggett.


Austin American-Statesman: Texas Democrats say state must take action if Obamacare struck down

Texas Democrats said Friday that if a legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act is successful, state lawmakers might be forced to address gaps in coverage, possibly in a special legislative session since the next regular session isn’t scheduled to take place until 2021.


Houston Chronicle: Texas AG Ken Paxton is fighting to end Obamacare. But will it backfire on GOP in 2020?

Democrats say if Paxton wins, it would send the Texas GOP into a tailspin.


“This will be an issue to flip the Texas House, this will be an issue to expand the U.S. House majority, this will be an issue to take out (Republican U.S. Sen.) John Cornyn and this will be an issue to win Texas for the presidency,” said Manny Garcia, executive director of the Texas Democratic Party.


Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Special session needed if Obamacare is struck down in court, Texas Democrats say

Democratic lawmakers stressed the need for the Affordable Care Act to remain intact at a press conference on Friday, calling for the possibility of a special session, amid Texas’ role leading a lawsuit that has the potential to shake up the nation’s healthcare system.


The Texas Signal: Texas plays starring role in Obamacare battle of the ages

With health care back in the news, it is a ripe opportunity for Democrats to look at Sen. John Cornyn’s record on health care.


“Once known as healthcare repeal’s ‘top salesman,’ Cornyn now has a choice to make: does he stand with the millions of Texans threatened to lose their protections for their pre-existing conditions or does he stand with pharmaceutical and insurance industry donors who have bankrolled his campaigns to the tune of almost $1.7 million?” the Texas Democratic Party said in a statement.


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Joey Gidseg is among a group of Texas Democrats working to preserve the Affordable Care Act.


“My insurance company’s message to people like me and millions of other Texas was that our lives was not worth the expense,” said Gidseg.


She says that without the Affordable Care Act, she wouldn’t have been able to pay for her medication that she desperately needs.