Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to the Department of Justice’s decision to support a District Court ruling that would repeal the Affordable Care Act. If successful, the lawsuit supported by the Administration would rip away health care for over 200,000 Nevadans, eliminate pre-existing conditions protections, and deny protections for millions of Americans like coverage for dependents under 26 years old and free preventative screenings.

“In the dead of night this Administration announced that it would continue its crusade to undermine the American health care system and rip away coverage from millions of Americans, including over 200,000 Nevadans. If this lawsuit were successful, it would end protections for 1.2 million Nevadans with preexisting conditions, repeal the guarantee of free preventative health services for women, and deny family health plan coverage for children under 26 years old. I oppose these efforts and will continue to fight like hell to defend and strengthen the ACA so that hardworking families, struggling rural communities, and vulnerable seniors and students have access to quality, affordable health care coverage in Nevada, and across the country.”