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As Trump Administration Works To Overturn Affordable Care Act, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Speaks on House Floor To Protect Health Care for Texans

Washington, July 1, 2020 | Rocio Cruz

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) took to the House floor to speak on the importance of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act for Texas’ Seventh Congressional District.  

On Monday, Congresswoman Fletcher voted to pass this critical legislation to expand health coverage, lower the cost of prescription drugs, and expand protections for people with pre-existing conditions.  The bill’s passage in the House comes as the Administration continues to support a lawsuit that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and overturn health care protections for millions of people during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To watch the full video of Congresswoman Fletcher’s remarks, click here. Find her remarks as delivered below:

I rise today in support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act.

At this unprecedented moment in our country's history, when the novel coronavirus has made plain a vital need for affordable and accessible health care for people across our country, I was proud to cast my vote in favor of this bill, which builds on the Affordable Care Act.

Ten years ago, the Affordable Care Act expanded access to health care for millions across Texas and across the country.

Since that time, we've also learned of critical improvements needed to the ACA to ensure that care is both affordable and accessible.

This bill lowers the cost of prescription drugs, caps premiums, and protects people with pre-existing conditions.

And vitally, important for Texas, with the highest rate of uninsured people in the country, this bill encourages states that haven't expanded Medicaid to do so.

And I will work with leaders in Texas to make sure that we do.

These are priorities for people across my district, across my state, and across our country.

As we battle this public health crisis, I'm glad the legislation that's necessary and timely has passed the House, and I urge the Senate to do the same.