WASHINGTON, DC—Today, U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson will hear arguments in the case brought by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli that challenges the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) passed last March. Doctors for America stands opposed to this politically motivated lawsuit that attacks reforms long overdue that will protect patients and expand health coverage to 32 million more Americans.
“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Americans no longer have to worry about being denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition, being dropped from insurance or going bankrupt if they get sick,” said Dr. Chris Lillis, Virginia State Director of Doctors for America. “These lawsuits are a distraction from the real work ahead of us to get our patients access to quality and affordable health care.”
Over the summer, more than 700 doctors released a letters to the 21 Attorneys General and Governors that are suing over the federal government over the Affordable Care Act. These state leaders represent over 22 million Americans that are currently without health insurance. Doctors are urging state leaders to end the partisan bickering and begin work on implementing reform.
“Doctors across the country oppose the lawsuits brought by Attorney General Cuccinelli and the 20 other states because it puts politics before our patients,” said Dr. Vivek Murthy, President of Doctors for America. “Already, we have seen courts in California, Maryland and Michigan dismiss similar lawsuits – they agreed with mainstream legal scholars that the health reform law is constitutional. We urge these politicians to drop their lawsuits and begin implementing reform.”
Doctors for America is a national organization of 15,000 physicians and medical students fighting for a system in which every American has equal access to quality healthcare. We envision a fair, effective and affordable healthcare system — one fundamentally transformed and guided by the core values of doctors and their patients.