Congressman Chris Pappas votes to empower House Counsel to defend the ACA

January 9, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Chris Pappas voted to empower House Counsel to intervene in court to defend the Affordable Care Act and protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions. The Department of Justice has refused to defend the ACA as the law of the land in Texas v. U.S.

"Today I proudly voted to give the House Counsel the authority to defend the Affordable Care Act and the key patient protections so many in New Hampshire depend on," said Congressman Chris Pappas. "The Administration is unwilling to stand up for individuals with pre-existing conditions in court, but today's vote means our House Counsel will advocate for them. Half of the adult population in New Hampshire has a pre-existing condition, and efforts to strike down the law jeopardize the health and well-being of these individuals. Our vote will help protect coverage for tens of millions of Americans, including the more than 53,000 Granite Staters covered under Medicaid expansion. Protecting the ACA is just the beginning: I will continue to fight for further legislation in Congress that will make coverage more affordable and accessible for every family.”

In December, a federal district court judge in Texas ruled in favor of Republicans, issuing a stayed decision that would strike down the entirety of the Affordable Care Act, including:

  • Protections for people with pre-existing conditions, including more than half the adult population in NH
  • The Medicaid expansion covering 15 million Americans, including more than 53,000 individuals in NH
  • The ban on lifetime and annual limits on health coverage;
  • Health insurance affordability tax credits assisting 9 million Americans;
  • Bans on discriminatory insurance practices that force women to pay more for coverage;
  • Young adults’ ability to remain on their parents’ insurance until age 26, and more.