Pelosi Statement on State-Led Intervention In Support of Cost Sharing Reduction Payments

May 18, 2017
Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman led a coalition of states, including California, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington State and the District of Columbia to intervene in House v. Price:

“The Affordable Care Act made a permanent appropriation of Cost Sharing Reduction payments, along with Advance Premium Tax Credits, to reduce health premiums and out of pocket costs for millions of America’s hard-working families.  From the beginning, the Republican House’s deeply cynical lawsuit was an effort to dismantle the health coverage of millions of Americans.  Now, the Trump Administration’s fecklessness has compelled states across America to step forward to defend Americans’ health care. 

“The motion to intervene in House v. Price led by Attorneys General Becerra and Schneiderman does not absolve the Trump Administration of its responsibility.  For the Trump Administration not to challenge a ruling that hands one chamber of Congress the ability to subvert the traditional legislative processes would radically destabilize the separation of powers.  More importantly, the Trump Administration would have cruelly and needlessly slapped American families with double-digit health coverage premium hikes. 

“After a woefully ill-considered lower court opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals must have the opportunity to affirm the clear meaning of the law and prevent Republicans’ radical effort to subvert the legislative process.”

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