[Congressional Record Volume 165, Number 115 (Wednesday, July 10, 2019)]
[Page H5314]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

                        HEALTHCARE FOR AMERICANS

  (Ms. PLASKETT asked and was given permission to address the House for 
1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)
  Ms. PLASKETT. Madam Speaker, yesterday the Fifth Circuit Court of 
Appeals heard oral arguments in the lawsuit where Republicans sued to 
not only strike down protections for people with preexisting 
conditions, but eliminate every last protection and benefit provided by 
the Affordable Care Act.
  House Democrats have used our vote to send a strong message against 
this lawsuit, and yesterday, the House general counsel argued in 
support of people with preexisting conditions and the healthcare of all 
  While our Republican colleagues attempt to undermine people with 
preexisting conditions, House Democrats will do everything in our power 
to protect the healthcare of the American people.
  If the administration's position is supported by the Fifth Circuit, 
it will destroy the protection for more than 130 million people with 
preexisting conditions, Medicaid expansion coverage for 15 million 
Americans, significant savings that our elders receive and seniors 
receive due to ACA's closing of the doughnut hole in Medicare drug 
coverage, bans on discriminatory insurance practices that force women 
to pay more for coverage, and young adults' ability to remain on their 
parents' insurance until age 26.
  Madam Speaker, Democrats will continue to deliver on our For the 
People agenda and American healthcare.