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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

 

For media inquiries only, contact:  
Charlotte Gomer, Press Secretary
Phone: (804)786-1022 
Mobile: (804) 512-2552
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AG HERRING VOWS TO FIGHT ALL THE WAY TO THE SUPREME COURT TO PROTECT VIRGINIANS’ HEALTHCARE

~ Tells MSNBC: “We’ll do everything we can to protect Americans’ healthcare. If that means going to the Supreme Court yet again, we’ll do it.” ~

 

 

 

 

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RICHMOND (July 9, 2019)—Attorney General Mark R. Herring appeared on MSNBC this morning to discuss his work to protect Virginians from a dangerous lawsuit backed by the Trump Administration that could rip healthcare coverage away from millions of Americans, increase premiums and healthcare costs, and end protections for millions of Americans with preexisting conditions, including 3.4 million Virginians who currently benefit from these protections.

 

“The Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act twice. Congress did not repeal the Affordable Care Act. This an attempt by the Trump Administration and the Republican attorneys general to try to get what they couldn’t get done in Congress, which is to repeal the Affordable Care Act,” said Attorney General Herring.

 

If the Trump Administration is successful with this lawsuit, an estimated 642,000 Virginians could lose their health cover and the 3,441,400 Virginians with pre-existing conditions would lose their protections.

 

Attorney General Herring said that he and his colleagues would continue to fight the suit for as long as necessary:

 

“We’ll do everything we can to protect Americans’ healthcare. If that means going to the Supreme Court yet again, we’ll do it.”

 

Oral arguments in Texas v. United States were held this afternoon in New Orleans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. In order to protect Virginians’ healthcare, Attorney General Herring and his colleagues intervened to defend the Affordable Care Act in this lawsuit after President Trump switched sides and joined with Republican state attorneys general in trying to strike down the law. When a district court judge in Texas issued a decision in December 2018 finding the ACA to be unconstitutional, Attorney General Herring and his colleagues immediately appealed.

 

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