May 12, 2020/Media, Press

BREAKING: Affordable Care Repeal’s Top Salesman John Cornyn Goes On-Record Encouraging Texans Who Have Lost Their Jobs to Sign Up for Obamacare

Cornyn “The Good News Is if You Lose Your Employer-Provided Coverage…Which Makes you Eligible to Sign Up for the Affordable Care Act”

Austin, TX — Today, Affordable Care Repeal’s “Top Salesman” John Cornyn went on PBS Austin and encouraged Texans who have lost their jobs to sign up for Obamacare.

This despite Cornyn doing everything in his power to repeal Affordable Care and voting to repeal it 20 times.

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[05:26] MAGGIO: “One of the things that we’re seeing are these holes in the safety nets. Many Americans had their health insurance for example tied to their jobs. And with so many people losing their jobs there are people who are lacking health insurance. I know that you’ve not been a big supporter of the Affordable Care Act. Texas has not expanded Medicaid, a state decision. What do you see from the federal level as ways to help these folks who have lost their jobs and have a very small window to sign up for the Affordable Care Act and are wondering what they’re going to do for health insurance?”

[06:04] CORNYN: “Well, the good news is that if you lose your employer-provided coverage, which covers about a 180 million Americans, that is a significant life event, which makes you then eligible to sign up for the Affordable Care Act and as you know, it has a sliding scale of subsidies up to 400% of poverty. So that’s an option for people. We have also made essentially made testing for COVID-19 free or at least the federal government has said we will pay for it. And so we’re trying to deal with this Healthcare challenge, but this is a unique type of challenge, but the good news is people can find, get coverage under the Affordable Care Act for Via Medicaid based on their income and through free testing from Public Health authorities as a result of what Congress has done on a bipartisan basis.”

Despite this newfound encouragement, Cornyn still opposes the Affordable Care Act and has voted to repeal affordable care for Texans 20 times. 

Let’s take a further look Cornyn’s sordid history of undermining access to quality health care coverage to the people of Texas who need it the most:

Cornyn Voted 20 Times In Favor Of Repealing, Defunding Or Blocking The Affordable Care Act:

2017: Cornyn Voted For The So Called “Skinny Repeal” Bill Which Among Other Things, Repealed The Individual Mandate, Repealed The Employer Mandate Through 2024 And Defunded Planned Parenthood For One Year. [CQ, 7/28/17; S. Amdt. 667 to S. Amdt. 267 to H.R. 1628, Vote 179, 7/28/17]

2017: Cornyn Voted For A “Repeal And Delay” Version Of Trumpcare That Would Have Repealed Significant Portions Of The Affordable Care Act, Such As Sunsetting The Medicaid Expansion, Repealing The Individual Mandate And Defunded Planned Parenthood. [CQ, 7/26/17; S.Amdt. 288 to S.Amdt. 267 to H.R. 1628, Vote 169, 7/26/17]

2017: Cornyn Effectively Voted For The Better Care Reconciliation Act, Which Repealed Significant Portions Of The Affordable Care Act, Resulting In 22 Million Additional Americans Without Insurance. [CQ, 7/25/17; S.Amdt. 270 to S.Amdt. 267 to H.R. 1628, Vote 168, 7/25/17]

2017: Cornyn Voted For A Budget Resolution Designed To Begin The Process Of Repealing The Affordable Care Act. [S.Amdt. 82 to S.Con.Res. 3, Vote 26, 1/12/17]

2015: Cornyn Voted For A Bill That Repealed Portions Of The Affordable Care Act, Including Eliminating The Act’s Medicaid Expansion In 2018. [CQ, 12/3/15; Real Clear Politics, 12/4/15; H.R.3762, Vote 329, 12/3/15]

2015: Cornyn Effectively Voted To Repeal The Affordable Care Act. [CQ, 7/26/15; The Hill, 7/26/15; S.Amdt. 2328 to S.Amdt. 2327 to S.Amdt. 2266 to H.R. 22, Senate Vote 253, 7/26/15]

2015: Cornyn Voted To Repeal The Affordable Care Act As Part Of The FY 2016 Conference Report Budget Resolution. [CQ, 5/5/15; S.Con.Res.11, Vote 171, 5/5/15]

2015: Cornyn Voted To Repeal The Affordable Care Act, As Part Of The Senate’s FY 2016 Budget Resolution. [CQ, 4/30/15; Senate Budget Committee, 3/18/15; S. Con. Res. 11, Vote 135, 3/27/15]

2013: Cornyn Voted For Repealing The Affordable Care Act, As Part Of Senator Rand Paul’s Proposed Budget. [Senate Vote 69, 3/22/13; Senator Rand Paul press release, 3/22/13; Congressional Actions, S. Amdt. 263; Congressional Actions, S. Con. Res. 8]

2013: Cornyn Voted To Repeal The Affordable Care Act And The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. [Senate Vote 51, 3/22/13; Huffington Post, 3/22/13; Congressional Actions, S. Amdt. 202; Congressional Actions, S. Con. Res. 8]

2013: Cornyn Voted To Repeal The Affordable Care Act As Part Of The FY 2014 Ryan Budget. [Senate Vote 46, 3/21/13; House Budget Committee, 3/12/13; Congressional Actions, S. Amdt. 433; Congressional Actions, S. Con. Res. 8]

2013: Cornyn Voted To Block Implementation And Enforcement Of The Affordable Care Act. [Senate Vote 34, 3/13/13; Congressional Record, 3/13/13; Congressional Actions, S. Amdt. 30; Congressional Actions, S. Amdt. 26; Congressional Actions, H.R. 933]

2012: Cornyn Voted For Sen. Pat Toomey’s Proposed Budget That Repealed The Affordable Care Act. [Senate Vote 99, 5/16/12; Senator Pat Toomey press release, 4/18/12; Congressional Actions, S. Con. Res. 37]

2012: Cornyn Effectively Voted For Repealing The Affordable Care Act As Part Of The FY 2013 Ryan Budget. [Senate Vote 98, 5/16/12; House Budget Committee, 3/20/12; Congressional Actions, H. Con. Res. 112]

2011: Cornyn Voted For A Republican Jobs Proposal Known As The “Jobs Through Growth Act” That Included A Provision To Repeal The Affordable Care Act. [Senate Vote 202, 11/10/11; The Hill, 11/10/11; Congressional Actions, S. Amdt. 928; Congressional Actions, S. Amdt. 927; Congressional Actions, H.R. 674]

2011: Cornyn Voted For Sen. Pat Toomey’s FY 2012 Budget, Which Repealed The Affordable Care Act. [Senate Vote 79, 5/25/11; Office of Senator Pat Toomey, 5/10/11; Congressional Actions, S. Con. Res. 21]

2011: Cornyn Effectively Voted For The FY 2012 Ryan Budget, Which Would Have Repealed The Affordable Care Act. [Senate Vote 77, 5/25/11; House Budget Committee, 4/5/11; Congressional Actions, H. Con. Res. 34]

2011: Cornyn Voted For A Bill To Defund The Affordable Care Act. [Senate Vote 59, 4/14/11; CRS Summary, H Con Res 35, 4/14/11; Congressional Actions, H. Con. Res. 35]

2011: Cornyn Voted For Defunding HHS Implementation Of The Affordable Care Act. [Senate Vote 36, 3/9/11; Congressional Quarterly, 3/1/11; Congressional Actions, H.R. 1]

2011: Cornyn Voted For Repealing The Affordable Care Act. [Senate Vote 9, 2/2/11; Congressional Record, 2/2/11; Congressional Actions, S. Amdt. 13; Congressional Actions, S. 223]

Now, the question becomes, where does John Cornyn stand on Indicted Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement?

Texas Democratic Party Communications Director Abhi Rahman issued the following statement:

“Texas Democratic Party commends John “Affordable Care Repeal’s Top Salesman” Cornyn for finally supporting the Affordable Care Act. Now, Cornyn must immediately cease his attempts to repeal Affordable Care and join in our efforts to preserve and protect Affordable Care from those trying to overturn it in court, like indicted Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton.

“Cornyn must decide whether he stands with Texans in need or with Paxton in attempting to repeal Affordable Care. Cornyn can’t have it both ways. The question now becomes, where does Cornyn stand on the Paxton lawsuit to repeal Affordable Care for Texans who have recently lost their job?”

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