Pelosi Statement on Amicus Brief in Columbus v. Trump Lawsuit


June 7, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement on the filing of the U.S. House of Representatives’ amicus brief in federal district court in the case of City of Columbus v. Trump.  Five cities, including Columbus, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Chicago and Philadelphia as well as two individuals, allege that the President and his Administration have systematically undermined the Affordable Care Act to discourage enrollment, raise prices, increase uncertainty in insurance markets and eliminate choices for quality health insurance.  The House’s amicus brief supports the plaintiffs and underscores the importance of the ACA and the House’s continued defense of the Act.

“The Trump Administration continues a relentless campaign to sabotage the health and well-being of hard-working families by discouraging and preventing enrollment, needlessly driving up premiums, pushing Americans into junk insurance plans and attempting to dismantle affordable, dependable health care.

“The Trump Administration must end their monstrous health care sabotage, fully implement the law of the land and safeguard its critical protections for all Americans.  Our Democratic Majority is working tirelessly to lower health care costs and prescription drug prices and defend lifesaving protections for people pre-existing conditions.

“One year ago, the Trump Administration violated its constitutional responsibility when it asked the courts to strike down lifesaving protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions – and now, the Administration seeks to strike down every last protection and benefit of the Affordable Care Act.  We will never stop fighting to protect Americans’ health care and to ensure that health care is a right, not a privilege, for all.”