Attorney General Phil Weiser’s statement regarding federal appeals court decision in the Affordable Care Act case
Dec. 18, 2019 (DENVER, Colo.)— Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser released the following statement regarding the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in the Affordable Care Act case Texas v. United States of America:
“The good news from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is that the key portions of the Affordable Care Act remain the law of the land. Even though the Court found the individual mandate to be unconstitutional, it did not strike down the entire law, instead sending the case back to the lower court for further proceedings.
“The Affordable Care Act affects every Coloradan, including those who get health insurance from their employer. Many Coloradans have access to healthcare because of the Affordable Care Act, including 700,000 Coloradans with pre-existing conditions, 400,000 with health care through the Medicaid expansion, and those under 26 years old who are on their parents’ plans. We must continue to stand up against the federal government’s attacks on healthcare and the Justice Department’s wrongful decision to challenge—rather than defend—this important law.”
Colorado is one of the states defending the Affordable Care Act in the case.