Austin, TX — Today, Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa and U.S. Representatives Lloyd Doggett, Sheila Jackson Lee, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Lizzie Fletcher, Veronica Escobar, and Sylvia Garcia hosted a press conference call to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act and discuss the status of healthcare in Texas during the age of coronavirus.
The Affordable Care Act continues to save millions of lives ten years after its passing while providing the American people with affordable healthcare. In the midst of a global pandemic, the Affordable Care Act is one of our most critical tools to protect Americans from the coronavirus.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“As our nation continues to confront the coronavirus outbreak, I have no doubt the American people are safer on account of the Affordable Care Act. Although Republicans didn’t cause the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, their decade-long effort to repeal the lifesaving law has made the American people less safe during this global pandemic. Governor Abbott’s response to stopping this outbreak has been slow and inefficient and John Cornyn has taken every chance possible to pass racist blame games and downplay the crisis time and time again.”
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee issued the following statement:
“Now today, this sacred protection has provided hope for parents, seniors, families, children. In the backdrop of this pandemic, when people will desperately need healthcare, there’s nothing more the Democrats can do but to fight to the very end to preserve healthcare for all Americans, universal access, throw out the devastating policies of the Trump administration cutting Medicare and Medicaid, and standing alongside all those families who desperately need unbiased coverage.”
Congressman Lloyd Doggett issued the following statement:
“There is no doubt that there are so many people in Texas for whom the Affordable Care Act has been a literal lifesaver. Now, with the coronavirus pandemic, we see why it’s so important to have universal health coverage and to give every Texan who can qualify, access to the marketplace plans under the Affordable Care Act.”
Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher issued the following statement:
“The governor has the power right now to expand Medicaid eligibility for all uninsured individuals in Texas, and it is critical that he do so. It is my strong view that the state should expand Medicaid both at this time when medical needs are heightened, coverage for COVID-19 care is desperately needed, and we should expand Medicaid under the ACA permanently. Because when it comes to combatting this pandemic, and when it comes to ensuring the health of all of our citizens, we should make it possible for more people to get coverage and that is what the ACA did.”
Congresswoman Veronica Escobar issued the following statement:
“What we are living through really should expose to every American what happens when we erode the safety net, when we don’t invest in healthcare, and when we have people fighting to limit access instead of growing access. It is in our self-interest as people to make sure that everyone has health coverage so that the people around us are healthy and safe. We now see what happens when we have an eroded safety net, when there are many people around us who don’t have access to care, can’t stay healthy, and aren’t safe. In our state, our governor, unfortunately, did not take swift action the way that other states did.
“My message to Governor Abbott is: This has truly become a matter of life and death.”
Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia issued the following statement:
“As you all know, Texas has the highest uninsured rate, and Latinos make up about one-third of that group of people. Our governor has failed, time and time again to expand Medicaid. I know as a Texas State Senator we fought him on this, and from Washington, we all fight him on that. It’s time for him to expand coverage, especially, at this time during this critical period. I would strongly urge him to do that.”
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson issued the following statement:
“As a woman, I’m not a preexisting condition anymore. We have a long way to go, but we have had some great benefits from the ACA. In Texas we’re in great need of expanding Medicaid, we have the largest number of working people in this state who cannot afford healthcare. The greatest thing that has come from it [the Affordable Care Act] is primary care.”