Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


May 10, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) supported H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act, to block the Trump Administration’s dangerous October 2018 guidance that gives states the ability to weaken the Affordable Care Act’s critical protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions. 

“The Administration’s guidance represents a grave threat to the continued health and economic stability of countless hard-working Georgia families, particularly those with pre-existing conditions,” said Rep. Bishop. “It is a privilege to join my colleagues to pass this critical legislation to reverse the Administration’s damaging, dangerous guidance, and reinforce the lifesaving benefits that millions of Georgians and Americans with pre-existing conditions rely upon.”

On October 22, 2018, the Administration issued the new guidance for waivers of the requirements of the ACA so as to allow states to promote insurance plans that discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions and do not cover essential benefits. “This dangerous action could take us back to the days when people with pre-existing conditions were openly discriminated against and blatantly denied access to lifesaving care.”

The Administration’s guidance undermines the stability of the health care market and allows states to promote so-called “short-term, limited-duration” insurance options, junk plans, that directly discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions. Unlike ACA plans, these  junk plans can eliminate coverage of pre-existing conditions, charge premiums based on health status, or reject patients altogether. The Administration’s guidance even goes so far as to allow states to use federal taxpayer dollars to subsidize the purchase of these junk plans.

There are 4,316,000 Georgians living with pre-existing conditions that are currently covered by the ACA. 

“Last November, Georgians and the American people rejected the continued assault on their health care and economic security,” continued Rep. Bishop.  “Now, the Administration is doubling down on its monstrous campaign to destroy protections for people with pre-existing conditions and eliminate every benefit and protection provided by the Affordable Care Act. The new House Majority is moving forward boldly and decisively on our For The People agenda – to not only protect people with pre-existing conditions but to reverse the outrageous health care sabotage and reaffirm that health care is a right, not a privilege, for all.”