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NEW: Republicans Ramp Up Lawsuit to End Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions & Spike Costs

The Trump Administration filed a legal brief today arguing to uphold a federal judge’s ruling that would scrap the entire health care law, end protections for pre-existing conditions coverage, and spike the cost of care. The legal argument is based on the Republican tax law that eliminated a requirement to have health insurance.

Vulnerable GOP senators allowed for a “stunning escalation” of this lawsuit, which would also erase popular health care protections like maternity care and allowing children to remain on their parents’ insurance plans until age 26. Senate Republicans have refused to join Democrats in seeking to prevent the Department of Justice from moving forward.

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesperson Stewart Boss issued the following statement:

“It’s the definition of self-serving: GOP senators have voted over and over again to gut pre-existing conditions protections and spike health insurance costs, and they’ve been scrambling to cover up their records with sham bills instead of taking a stand against this dangerous lawsuit. The refusal of Republican senators to join Democrats in supporting concrete actions that would help stop this lawsuit from moving forward is another massive liability for their reelection campaigns.”

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