TODAY: Attorney General Becerra to Hold Press Conference on ACA Case

Wednesday, December 18, 2019
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Attorney General Becerra: Life Without Healthcare Is Not an Option, We Continue the Fight to Protect Americans’ Healthcare

SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued the following statement after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in Texas v. U.S., known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal lawsuit. The ruling held one provision of the Affordable Care Act — the individual mandate — unconstitutional. Today’s decision sends the Repeal Lawsuit back down to the District Court, as a result, the remaining provisions of the ACA continue to remain in effect.

“For now, the President got the gift he wanted — uncertainty in the healthcare system and a pathway to repeal — so that the healthcare that seniors, workers and families secured under the Affordable Care Act can be yanked from under them. So close to the holidays, our nation may have just taken a giant step backwards,” said Attorney General Becerra. “This decision could take us to a dangerous and irresponsible place, not just for the 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, but for our seniors who use Medicare, our children under the age of 26, and the 20 million additional Americans covered directly through the ACA marketplace. California will move swiftly to challenge this decision, because this could mean the difference between life and death for so many Americans and their families.”

The Fifth Circuit appellate court’s ruling imperils rights and protections that Americans gained under the Affordable Care Act:

  • More than 12 million Americans who received coverage through Medicaid expansion;
  • Nearly 9 million individuals nationwide who receive tax credits to help afford insurance through individual marketplaces;
  • Millions of working families who rely on high-quality employer-sponsored insurance plans; and
  • Nearly $1.3 trillion in federal funding, including Medicaid expansion and public health dollars.


California Attorney General Xavier Becerra 


TODAY, Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 3:30 PM 


California Department of Justice
1300 I Street, 8th Floor Press Conference Room
Sacramento, CA 95814

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