Sen. Murphy: Pre-Existing Conditions Protection Under Attack

Angela Dias
June 19, 2018 - 9:40 am

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HARTFORD, Conn (WTIC) - Senator Chris Murphy said the Affordable Care Act protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions are under attack. 

The Trump administration opted not to defend the Affordable Care Act in a federal lawsuit brought by Republican officials in 20 states, and Senator Chris Murphy warned that decision puts key provisions of the law at risk, including protections for people with preexisting medical conditions. Murphy said even if the administration does not support certain policies, it has a duty to defend them, if they're the law of the land.

Nancy Burton, chair of the Universal Health Care Foundation Board, joined Murphy at a press conference in Hartford on Monday, to blast the administration's decision. 

"Removal of the protection for those with pre-existing conditions is one of the cruelest things I've seen happen," she said. "This is something that can happen to any of us, our loved ones, ourselves. We can come up with an illness that could put us on the path to dying if we can't get insurance."

Senator Murphy also warned that health insurers are proposing big rate increases for next year, given the uncertainty surrounding the ACA. 

"These rate increases are a big problem to people with pre-existing conditions, who have no choice but to buy insurance for them and their loved ones," Murphy said. "And it's only getting worse."