September 6, 2018/Press Release

ICYMI: Josh Hawley’s Lawsuit is a “Serious Threat” to Missourians with Pre-existing Conditions

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Following the first day of oral arguments in Josh Hawley’s lawsuit to gut health insurance for nearly 2.5 million Missourians with pre-existing conditions, reports from the hearing confirm that the lawsuit is a “serious threat” to Missourians’ coverage.

Health care advocates have slammed Hawley for the lawsuit, saying that Hawley “owes his constituents an explanation for why ripping away protections from people with pre-existing conditions helps the state of Missouri or its citizens,” yet Hawley has declined multiple calls to withdraw his participation.

Meanwhile, a new poll this week found that health care is Missouri voters’ top concern when it comes to choosing who will represent them in November. According to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, 75 percent of Americans believe it is “very important” to protect coverage for pre-existing conditions.

“As Josh Hawley’s lawsuit makes its way through the courts to strip coverage protections from nearly 2.5 million Missourians, it couldn’t be clearer what a serious threat Hawley poses to the health and success of Missouri families. Hawley is woefully out of touch with Missouri voters on the issue that matters most to them, and that’s not something they are going to forget in November.”

Missouri Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Brooke Goren