WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, on Tuesday released a statement as the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the Affordable Care Act lawsuit California v. Texas:

“Health care was on the ballot this year, and the American people made their voices heard loud and clear. It’s outrageous that even after defeat, Trump is still brazenly moving forward with this continued assault on health coverage for millions of families,” said Murphy. “I hope the Supreme Court understands the gravity of the decision they have to make. Dismantling the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will end protections for 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions during a global health pandemic, including a million of my constituents in Connecticut. If Republicans get their way and the ACA is overturned by the court, it will be a humanitarian catastrophe.”

Murphy has been an outspoken critical of the Republican lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act. Last month, Murphy launched a campaign to invite people across Connecticut to share their health care stories and describe how they would be impacted if the ACA is overturned. The Affordable Care Act made it illegal for insurance companies to deny coverage for the 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions.  Health experts warn that, without the ACA, health insurers could classify COVID-19 as a pre-existing condition and deny COVID-19 survivors health insurance—adding millions more people to the previously existing 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions.