Matsui Launches Website Calling For Sacramentans To Share Health Care Stories

Washington, D.C. – July 9th, 2019

Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06) has launched a website calling for Sacramentans to share how Republican efforts to undermine our health care system have affected them.

According to Matsui, for millions of Californians, drug prices, premiums, and out-of-pocket costs are continuing to soar, while the threat of an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal looms large. View the website at matsui.house.gov/forms/form/?ID=3

In a released statement, Matsui said that today, the U.S. Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in the Texas v. United States case, which could potentially overturn the landmark health care law – creating devasting consequences for nearly every American who has health coverage.

“We cannot go back to a time when insurers could discriminate against women and people with pre-existing conditions, and we cannot go back to runaway health care costs. Since being sworn in, President Trump has systematically undermined the Affordable Care Act – resulting in higher premiums, prescription drug prices, and reduced access to care. His actions are directly harming Sacramentans’ right to health care and making it harder to make ends meet,” said Congresswoman Matsui, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

“No one should ever have to choose between paying their premiums or putting food on the table, and that’s why we must protect our care now before it is too late. With the ACA under attack in the courts, we need to hear Sacramento’s unique voices. By standing together and lifting up our collective stories, we can protect and improve our health care system and make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans.”

If the Trump Administration and Republicans are successful in striking down, the health and financial well-being of California families will be devastated. This would result in 130 million Americans, including over 16.6 million Californians, losing protections for pre-existing conditions. Seniors would pay more for prescription drugs by the re-opening of the “donut hole.” Insurers could lift the ban on lifetime and annual limits, kick young adults off their parents’ insurance, and reinstate discriminatory practices that charged women more for their health coverage. Topline statistics from Protect Our Care are below:

•    16,679,100 – Number of California men, women, and children who have pre-existing conditions and will lose their protections.
•    3,800,000 – Number of Californians who could lose all health care coverage.
•    294,000 – Young Californians under age 26 who could lose the ability to remain on their parents’ insurance.
•    $4,353 – Amount of a new “Age Tax” that insurance companies could charge Californians over the age of 50.
•    12,092,000 – Number of Californians who could face reinstated lifetime and annual limits on coverage.
•    1,222,169 – Number of Californians who will pay more for coverage without access to tax credit that improve health insurance affordability.
•    403,361 – Number of California seniors who could have to pay more for their prescription drugs.





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