NEWARK, NJ. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee that sets national heath policy and an author of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), issued the following statement after a U.S District Court Judge ruled the Affordable Care Act (ACA) invalid due to the Republican tax bill zeroing out the penalty:

“This ruling is a disgrace for Americans of all walks of life, especially for the 32 million with pre-existing conditions. During this year, I had the opportunity to meet many of the 3.8 million New Jerseyans with pre-existing conditions, and the one thing they ask is to be able to access quality, health care regardless of their past medical history. This decision puts anyone of us with a childhood ailment, a serious disease, or high blood pressure at risk of being denied coverage or hitting lifetime or annual limits.

“The Trump Administration and Republicans’ reckless abandonment of families with pre-existing conditions is shameful, and using the courts to repeal a law they could not repeal in Congress is beyond reproach. It is my hope that higher courts will correct this injustice.

“The American people have had enough. They spoke loudly and overwhelmingly in support of the ACA in this last election, and I will not stop fighting to protect health care as a right of every American.”