Keith Ellison Pledges to Defend the Affordable Care Act Against Republican Attacks as Attorney General

Republican Attorneys General began a lawsuit this week to overturn the ACA and protections for preexisting conditions; as Minnesota Attorney General, Ellison will join states fighting back to defend affordable care for all

More than 250,000 Minnesotans have gained coverage through the ACA, and over 2.3 million benefit from protections for preexisting conditions

Ellison’s opponent has praised lawsuits aiming to overturn the ACA, and filed a brief supporting one during his single term in the Minnesota House

MINNESOTA – Congressman Keith Ellison today spoke out against attempts by Republican Attorneys General to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and revoke protections for preexisting conditions. Yesterday afternoon, these Republican Attorneys General began oral arguments in a lawsuit to overturn the ACA and protections for preexisting conditions. The Trump Administration has refused to defend the federal health law, leaving it to Democratic Attorneys General to stand up for the millions of Americans who have preexisting conditions or rely on the ACA for health care coverage.

“In Congress, I have worked to advance affordable health care for Minnesota families, supporting the ACA and championing Medicare for All,” said Ellison. “While my opponent has praised lawsuits that would repeal the ACA and take health care away from Minnesota families, as your Attorney General, I will take on the health insurance companies and the Trump Administration to protect access to affordable care for all.”

In Minnesota, the ACA has helped more than 250,000 Minnesotans access quality, affordable health care, and over 2.3 million Minnesotans benefit from protections for preexisting conditions

While Ellison has long championed affordable health care in Congress, including the ACA and Medicare for All, Doug Wardlow, the Republican candidate for Attorney General, has praised efforts to undermine and overturn the ACA and revoke protections for preexisting conditions, which would take health care away from thousands of Minnesota families.

In a June interview with MPR News, Wardlow praised Republican Attorneys General for their efforts to overturn the ACA and protections for preexisting conditions as “standing up for certain constitutional rights;” during his single term in the Minnesota House of Representatives, Wardlow led an effort by House Republicans to file a formal brief in support of one such lawsuit.

Minnesota’s next Attorney General must be one with a record of defending access to affordable care, not a record of undermining it.

To learn more about how Ellison would defend access to affordable health care as Attorney General, click here.