Washington, DC—This morning, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear Texas v. U.S., a partisan lawsuit originally led by now-defeated Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and Governor Scott Walker. If successful, the lawsuit would strike down protections for people with pre-existing conditions and the entirety of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), putting health care for 2.5 million Wisconsinites who live with a pre-existing condition and 207,000 Wisconsinites who purchased their health care on the ACA exchange at risk.
“The Affordable Care Act has provided millions of Wisconsinites with quality, affordable health care coverage and created protections for people with pre-existing conditions. If this lawsuit is successful, over half of Wisconsinites could lose their coverage,” said Rep. Ron Kind. “I will continue to stand up to partisan attacks on Wisconsinites’ health care, we have to do everything we can to defend the access to care and patient protections so many Americans rely on—especially right now.”
A year ago, Rep. Kind voted to allow the House of Representatives to intervene and defend the Affordable Care Act on behalf of the American people and has consistently voted to protect Wisconsinites’ access to quality, affordable health care amidst these ongoing attacks.
In September 2018, Rep. Kind called on former Attorney General Brad Schimel and former Governor Scott Walker to immediately withdraw from Texas v. U.S. (previously listed as Texas v. Azar). In April 2019, Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, officially removed Wisconsin’s name and support from the lawsuit, and reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring the ACA remains the law of the land.