As an advocacy community, we are alarmed and deeply concerned about the Administration’s most recent effort to undermine patient protections included in the Affordable Care Act. The law includes critical protections for patients with pre-existing conditions as well as much needed coverage for life-saving preventative services. To strike down the law would jeopardize patient care putting at risk their lives and access to essential healthcare services. We urge the Administration to reconsider their position. — Anjee Davis, President Fight CRC
We wanted to share an update on the Texas v. U.S. lawsuit. As a reminder, in February of 2018, a group of over a dozen Republican attorneys general filed a lawsuit in a federal district court in Texas challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate, the provision that requires all Americans to have health insurance (with some exceptions).
Initially, the Administration refused to defend the ACA in the lawsuit but argued that the protections for patients with pre-existing conditions should be struck down and the rest of the law should stand. Yesterday, the Administration changed course, announcing that they will file a brief arguing that the entire ACA should be struck down. If this position were to prevail, it would jeopardize health care for millions of people, including cancer patients. Fight CRC is working with our partners in the patient community to combat this effort and as actions become available to take, we will keep our advocates informed.