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VIDEO RELEASE: Maloney Hosts Press Conference on Protecting Access to Health Care for New Yorkers

Oct 15, 2020
Press Release

VIDEO RELEASE: Maloney Hosts Press Conference on Protecting Access to Health Care for New Yorkers

Newburgh, NY – Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) held a press conference outside of Cornerstone Family Healthcare to discuss the importance of protecting the Affordable Care Act, which is once again under attack by the Trump Administration. Representative Maloney was joined by Nancy “Cricket” Cavin, a Newburgh resident and cancer survivor who turned to his office for assistance accessing health care in 2014, and Linda Muller, President and CEO of Cornerstone Family Healthcare.

“Access to health care for millions of New Yorkers is at risk. This Administration has attacked the Affordable Care Act for years, and now they’re using the courts to try to overturn the law.

“We cannot afford a health care crisis in the middle of a global pandemic. I’m fighting to protect the care and patient protections that folks here in the Hudson Valley rely on, and call on the Trump Administration and Justice Department to drop this reckless lawsuit before it’s too late,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

On November 10, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear arguments on California v. Texas, which challenges the Affordable Care Act. The case was brought by a coalition of Republican Attorneys General who seek to overturn the landmark health care legislation. The Trump Administration supports the lawsuit.

This lawsuit would strike down protections for people with pre-existing conditions and every additional patient protection granted under the Affordable Care Act, overthrowing America’s health care system with no replacement.

An estimated 23 million Americans would be kicked off their health care, and over 130 million Americans could be denied coverage because of their pre-existing condition, such as high blood pressure or cholesterol, asthma, coronavirus-related chronic illnesses, and cancer.

Over 3.2 million New Yorkers would be kicked off their health care if the ACA is overturned, and an estimated 8.3 million New Yorkers who live with pre-existing conditions could lose coverage or see an increase in costs. In New York’s 18th Congressional District, over 305,000 people have a pre-existing condition that could threaten their access to care.

The press conference was streamed live, and can be found on Rep. Maloney’s Facebook page.