Trump Admin Trying to Take Away Health Care Protections from Nearly Half of All Rhode Islanders

Thursday, May 2, 2019

WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) slammed President Trump today for his administration’s efforts to strip protections for 443,900 Rhode Islanders who have pre-existing conditions, according to the Center for American Progress.


Yesterday, the Trump administration filed a brief in Texas v. United States. The administration is asking the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act, which prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against Rhode Islanders with pre-existing conditions.


“Rhode Islanders want access to quality, affordable health care. But if President Trump succeeds, insurance companies will once again be able to discriminate against individuals with pre-existing conditions, including nearly half of all Rhode Islanders. It’s one of the most harmful things he’s trying to do to our country. Rhode Islanders deserve better than what they’re getting from this President,” said Cicilline.


Unlike President Trump, Cicilline is helping lead the effort in the House to pass the Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions Act (H.R.986) to strengthen and reinforce life-saving protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions.


Since its full implementation in 2014, the Affordable Care Act has provided critical protections for 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions.  If the Trump administration’s legal effort succeeds, however, it will mean an end to:


  • Protections for people with pre-existing conditions;
  • The ban on lifetime and annual limits on health coverage;
  • The Medicaid expansion covering 15 million Americans;
  • Health insurance affordability tax credits assisting 9 million Americans;
  • Bans on discriminatory insurance practices that force women to pay more for coverage;
  • Young adults’ ability to remain on their parents’ insurance until age 26, and more.


Since January, Cicilline has voted three times to oppose the Republicans’ Texas v. United States lawsuit.  In February, thanks in part to the House’s swift action in the first weeks of the Congress, the Court granted the House of Representatives’ motion to be heard as a party to the lawsuit in order to defend people with pre-existing conditions and all Americans’ health care.


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