Statement on Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision on the Affordable Care Act


Rick Pollack
President and CEO 
American Hospital Association


December 18, 2019


Because of the Affordable Care Act, 20 million people have health insurance, millions with pre-existing conditions have access to the care they need and new and innovative models of care have been launched. This wrong-headed decision puts all of that and more in jeopardy.  


America’s hospitals and health systems are disappointed that the court has declined to rule on which parts of the ACA can remain. Sending the decision back to the federal district court that invalidated the entire law puts health coverage – and peace of mind – for millions of Americans at risk.


We will continue to support and work for protecting patient care and coverage.




Contact:         Sean Barry, (202) 626-2306,
                      Marie Johnson, (202) 626-2351,