July 22, 2020

For Immediate Release

Communications Director: Jack Doyle

Troy Nehls Remains Silent as Nearly 2M Texans Stand to Lose Health Care

August 21, 2020 – Sugar Land — The Supreme Court announced on Monday that the hearing for Texas Republicans’ lawsuit to effectively kill the entirety of the Affordable Care Act will take place on November 10, 2020—exactly one week after Election Day. 

The lawsuit, if successful, would wreak havoc for people with pre-existing conditions. In Troy Nehls’ district nearly 400,000 people are at risk. This threat to the ACA comes as more than 10,000 Texans have lost their lives due to COVID-19. 

With the futures of millions of Texans placed in jeopardy, Troy Nehls remains silent and in hiding. He’s been silent as 650k Texans have lost health care during the pandemic. Nehls has refused to denounce this lawsuit or support the nearly 2 million Texans who would lose their health care if the ACA was struck down.  

Nehls would be a rubber stamp for President Trump’s reckless efforts to raise the cost of health care and strip away coverage from Texans with pre-existing conditions.

Nehls is unambiguous in his support for the budget-busting taxpayer-funded giveaway to corporate drugmakers upon which the lawsuit is based, saying the handouts “have been a good thing. I hope they become permanent and I think it’s good for this country. Absolutely.”

The Trump administration itself says Nehls’ “permanent” support for the GOP tax bill means he supports tearing down protections for pre-existing conditions along with the entire Affordable Care Act, actions that are especially despicable amid the coronavirus crisis.

Nehls hasn’t taken this virus seriously, instead choosing to play political games with Texans’ lives. In April, Nehls called guidelines requiring facial coverings “unnecessary, unconstitutional, and unAmerican” – an irresponsible view now contradicted even by Texas’ Republican governor.

Troy Nehls’ silence as nearly half a million people in his district stand to lose health insurance is unconscionable. To Nehls, this pandemic is a political game and Texans are his pawns. 

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Sri Preston Kulkarni is the son of an Indian immigrant father and a mother whose family descends from Sam Houston. Kulkarni is a former Foreign Service Officer who served fourteen years overseas in places like Iraq, Russia, and Jerusalem, and as a former Defense, Foreign Policy and Veteran Affairs Advisor to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) before deciding to leave the foreign service and return home to run for Congress in 2018.

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