January 10, 2019
Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle delivered remarks on the floor regarding recent action taken by the House to protect New Yorkers’ access to health care. Yesterday, Rep. Morelle joined his colleagues in passing a resolution to intervene against the Texas v. U.S. lawsuit, which seeks to strike down the entirety of the Affordable Care Act including protections for over 130 million Americans with a preexisting condition.



This is a frustrating time in Washington, in which most of us have been focused on the ongoing government shutdown. But I want to take a moment to talk about something good the House is doing to protect every day Americans across the country.

“My colleagues and I have passed a motion to intervene in the Texas vs. United States lawsuit. If allowed to stand, this lawsuit would pull the rug out from under millions of Americans who rely on the Affordable Care Act for health coverage—many of whom were denied coverage in the past for a pre-existing condition.

“133 million Americans are living with chronic illness, serious medical conditions, or even minor medical histories that used to disqualify them from all but the most expensive insurance. We cannot return to a time when a cancer survivor or a child with diabetes is rejected for coverage because of a pre-existing condition.

“Affordable, quality healthcare should be a right for everyone, and we should be making it easier, not harder for everyday Americans to get the insurance they deserve. That’s why I’m proud that the House has taken action to intervene in this lawsuit, demonstrating our steadfast commitment to fighting back against those who seek to dismantle the fundamental protections no person should be denied.

“I will continue to work tirelessly with my colleagues as we seek to uphold and protect access to healthcare for every American. Thank you, Madam Speaker.”