Video: Cornyn reiterates support for coverage for preexisting conditions, lower drug prices

Tuesday on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal’s consideration of Texas v. Azar and reiterated Republicans’ commitment to covering Americans with preexisting conditions and lowering prescription drug prices.

Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s floor remarks are below, and video can be found above.

“Blaming Republicans in Congress for a yet-to-be-decided court case doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

“I have no doubt that once again they’ll try to blame Republicans as the bad guys and somehow perpetuate this myth that Republicans are opposed to covering people for preexisting conditions.”

“They know that’s false. They know that’s a bald-faced misrepresentation.”

“If there’s one thing that I think there is a consensus on in the health care field in Congress, it is that preexisting conditions should be covered. In fact, there are pieces of legislation that I’ve cosponsored here in the Senate that do that expressly.”

“The PROTECT Act is just one example of the countless health care bills working their way through the Senate right now.”

“In addition, in the Senate Finance Committee we’re considering a package of bills to reduce prescription drug prices, just as we have in the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and in the Judiciary Committee. The HELP Committee has overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill to reduce health care costs, increase transparency, and eliminate surprise medical bills, and the Judiciary Committee last week unanimously reported out legislation that would keep pharmaceutical companies from gaming the patent system.”


Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.