U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, responded to the Department of Justice's newly filed brief which asks the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to strike down protections of the Affordable Care Act.
Underwood, a health care policy expert who helped implement the ACA during the Obama Administration, argued in a press release that the Trump administration is working to limit access to health care and protections under the law. She noted that last weekend marked two years since House Republicans "cruelly" celebrated their repeal of the ACA.
"While that effort thankfully failed, this briefing is the latest example of the Trump Administration's relentless attack on Americans' access to health care, including undermining protections for people with preexisting conditions," Underwood said in the release.
Snce the ACA's full implementation in 2014, Underwood said, it has provided protections for more than 130 million Americans with preexisting conditions.
"Illinoisans made it clear that they want a Congress committed to defending the quality, affordable health care their families rely on, as well as safeguarding protections for people with preexisting conditions, bans on lifetime and annual limits on coverage, and other lifesaving protections for health care," Underwood said. "Yet, the Administration is now doubling down on their shameful health care sabotage."