CHICAGO – Illinois Attorney General-elect Kwame Raoul issued the following statement regarding a federal judge’s decision finding the entire Affordable Care Act unconstitutional:
“The District Court’s decision jeopardizes healthcare access for more than one million Illinoisans, including children, seniors and people with pre-existing conditions. Upon taking office, I will continue our current attorney general’s work by partnering with attorneys general around the country to challenge this ruling and fight for the healthcare access Illinoisans need and deserve.”
A coalition of state attorneys general, including current Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, intervened in the case, Texas v. U.S., to defend the ACA when its constitutionality was challenged. While healthcare access is at risk for 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions and 10 million people who have purchased health insurance through ACA exchanges, the law remains in effect pending further legal action.
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