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December 27, 2018
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REP. GUILLEN STRESSES SUPPORT FOR AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE
Guillen Calls for Action to Protect Vulnerable Texans
AUSTIN - Following a ruling by a district court judge calling the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, Rep. Ryan Guillen says providing healthcare to Texans is more important than ever.
"These are the most vulnerable people," said Guillen. "When someone gets very sick, they lose the ability to make money. When one or both parents is saddled with huge debt then their children, their family suffers."
The Obama-era law has been facing court battles since it was signed into law in 2010. The law's individual mandate was by the U.S. Supreme Court as a tax in 2012. The ACA has also survived multiple attempts by Congress to repeal it. Last year, Congress reduced the penalty for not signing up for the ACA market to $0. Texas led a coalition of states arguing that the change invalidated the individual mandate, and the law as a whole. The law remains in place pending review by a higher court.
Texas remains one of 14 states that have resisted accepting federal money to give more people healthcare coverage. Nearly five million Texans are uninsured. Rep. Guillen says he supports expanding Medicaid to close a coverage gap that often leaves poor, working people out of the marketplace.
Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen