Abigail Spanberger Comments On The President’s Refusal to Defend ACA Protections

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Today, Abigail Spanberger, Democratic Congressional candidate in Virginia’s 7th District, released the following statement regarding the letter from President Trump’s Department of Justice seeking to invalidate essential protections provided by the Affordable Care Act (ACA):

“This is only the latest in a long series of efforts by the Trump Administration to destroy and dismantle the Affordable Care Act,” said Spanberger. “The pre-existing conditions protections the Administration endeavors to eliminate save lives, protect families from financial ruin, and create equity in our healthcare system. The White House and many Congressional Republicans may not realize (or care) that millions of Americans could once again be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, but I do. And I will not stand by while the health and financial stability of our neighbors in the 7th District are threatened by an Administration that so callously puts politics over people.”

“51% of the non-elderly population in the 7th District has a pre-existing condition. 43,000 of our residents with pre-existing conditions are children and adolescents,” Spanberger continued. “If these changes take effect, these kids and their families could be priced out of the insurance market, forced to pay more out-of-pocket expenses, and potentially spiral into debt and bankruptcy. Forcing people into these difficult situations based on a disregard for the established law of the land is not only economically catastrophic, it is ethically inexcusable.”

“And this is why I’m running: to give a voice to the people across this district who suffer because of the assault on our healthcare and put a stop to these partisan games. Instead of pursuing more and more deceptive ways to undermine our healthcare system, Congress should be working together to strengthen the existing framework and build upon it. I support achieving universal coverage through the adoption of a public option and as a member of Congress, I will advocate for the kind of common-sense solutions that improve lives, serve the people of this district, and create opportunity.”

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