Matt Lesser

State Senator

Matt Lesser

Deputy Majority Leader

Your Independent Voice

December 18, 2019

Sen. Lesser Releases Statement in Response to U.S. Appeals Court Striking Down ACA Mandate

HARTFORD, CT – Today, state Senator and Senate Chair of the legislature’s Insurance and Real Estate Committee Matt Lesser (D-Middletown) released the following statement in response to the decision by a panel of the fifth circuit court of appeals to strike down the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

“This reckless partisan decision by a right wing panel of judges, prompted by President Trump, puts the healthcare of tens of millions of Americans into jeopardy,” said Sen. Lesser. “That includes vital protections for people with preexisting conditions. Here in Connecticut all options are on the table as we consider our next steps to protect the healthcare of Connecticut residents. This decision, if allowed to stand and carried to its logical conclusion, could be disastrous for our state. This should light a fire under the legislature and Governor Lamont to act quickly on health reform.”

About Matt Lesser: Sen. Lesser was first elected in 2018 to represent the ninth Senate District which consists of Cromwell, Middletown, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield. Prior to being elected to the State Senate, he was a State Representative for the city of Middletown. He has been a principle author of Connecticut’s Student Loan Bill of Rights, the first in the nation, a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing waste and a major workplace safety law later adapted as a national standard. He has been honored by the Connecticut chapter of the AARP and has been named a champion by the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters.