Austin, TX – Indicted Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton is leading the charge to strip healthcare away from millions of Americans and “eliminate current protections for those with pre-existing conditions, such as pregnancy, arthritis and diabetes.” [Fort Worth Star-Telegram, September 4, 2018]
How do Americans feel about protecting people with pre-existing conditions?
75% of Americans don’t want [pre-existing condition] protections reversed.” The majority of Republicans and Democrats want the provision guarding pre-existing conditions to remain intact.
72%of those polled are also in favor of keeping provisions that prohibit insurers from charging sick people more, which is also being challenged in the lawsuit.
What are Democrats doing?
Texas Democrats are holding rallies in Fort Worth and Austin against this outrageous assault on over 130 million Americans.
“It is a political lawsuit that is a waste of Texas taxpayer money,” he said. “And if it is successful, it’s going to cost millions and millions of people their pre-existing condition coverage for health insurance.” [KUT, September 5, 2018]
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“Paxton’s disgusting lawsuit would reintroduce a nightmare to millions of American families.
“No one should be denied healthcare, but if Ken Paxton and Donald Trump get their way, Texans and Americans with pre-existing conditions will lose their access to affordable insurance.
“The overwhelming majority of Americans support keeping protections for people with pre-existing conditions and believe that insurance companies shouldn’t upcharge folks just because they’re sick.
“Texas Democrats believe in a healthcare system that prioritizes the health of working-class families — not the profits of insurance companies. Democrats like Justin Nelson know that healthcare is a right and we will never stop fighting.”