May 12,2016

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Wyden and Murray Statement on House GOP Suit on ACA Cost-Sharing Subsidies

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray, D-Wash., today issued a statement following a ruling by the U.S. District Court in House v. Burwell on the Affordable Care Act:

“Today’s ruling is the disappointing result of yet another irresponsible lawsuit by House Republicans, who continue to play political games at every turn at the risk of millions of Americans’ health care,” Wyden said. “This ruling threatens the affordability of health care for millions of people with insurance through the Affordable Care Act. I have every expectation that Americans’ access to affordable health care will, in the end, be maintained under the law.”

"Over the last ‎few years, thanks to progress made in the Affordable Care Act, families across the country have benefited from increased access to quality, affordable health care—and it is deeply disappointing that instead of working with Democrats to continue making health care more affordable and accessible, Republicans continue to insist on trying to take families backward by dismantling a law that has helped millions get the care they need,” said Murray. “I’m confident that these important investments to help families pay their medical bills will be protected and I urge Republicans to reconsider their partisan, political approach aimed at taking away families' health care."

Today’s ruling continues to allow the subsidies Americans with health coverage through the Affordable Care Act may be receiving now or may be eligible for through enrollment this year, pending a decision on appeal.