Statement attributable to:
Barbara L. McAneny, MD
President, American Medical Association

CHICAGO — The American Medical Association (AMA) released the following statement after the federal district court in the Northern District of Texas sided with the plaintiff, striking down popular key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“Today’s decision is an unfortunate step backward for our health system that is contrary to overwhelming public sentiment to preserve pre-existing condition protections and other policies that have extended health insurance coverage to millions of Americans,” said AMA president Barbara L. McAneny, M.D. “It will destabilize health insurance coverage by rolling back federal policy to 2009. No one wants to go back to the days of 20 percent of the population uninsured and fewer patient protections, but this decision will move us in that direction.”

The AMA will work with patient and other health stakeholder groups in pursuing an appeal and reversal of this unfortunate decision at the district court level.

The AMA led an amicus brief in June that urged the court to reject the challenge. Additional organizations joined the AMA in filing the amicus brief, including the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Download or view the amicus brief.

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