December 14, 2018
OLYMPIA, Wash. – A federal judge in Texas has overturned the Affordable Care Act and key protections for consumers. U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor in Texas V. the United States ruled that because Congress removed the individual mandate penalty, the entire law should be invalidated. Washington joined other states in intervening to defend the law.
Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s statement tonight on the impact of the court’s ruling:
“Today’s decision by the federal court jeopardizes the health and wellness of millions of Americans and, if allowed to stand, could upend insurance markets across the country. Millions of people benefiting from the protections provided by the Affordable Care Act made their voices heard during the most recent election. The judge and those who sought to overturn the law are obviously in the minority.
“I carry with me all of the personal stories I heard before the Affordable Care Act – stories from people who’d been diagnosed with cancer and couldn’t get health insurance, or who needed prescription drugs and couldn’t find a plan that provided them. I remain committed to these people and the millions more who rely on their government to provide access to meaningful health insurance. Washington state will join other states in continuing to defend the Affordable Care Act.
“This ruling cannot stand. It is cruel and literally threatens the lives of many. I will work with our state and congressional partners to fight this ruling and ensure that all Americans do not lose the protections they currently enjoy under the Affordable Care Act.”