FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2018
Lizzie Fletcher, Democratic Nominee for Texas’ 7th Congressional District: Statement on Congress’ Most Recent Attack on Americans’ Health Care
Houston, Texas – In less than 24 hours Congressman Culberson voted to slash Medicare and CHIP funding, and President Trump’s administration announced it would no longer defend the right of people living with pre-existing conditions to purchase health insurance. In response to this repeated, Washington driven attack on Texans’ health care, Lizzie Pannill Fletcher released the following statement:
“Last night, Congressman Culberson showed us where his values lie: in Washington with his party, not here in Houston with children who need health insurance, or with seniors looking to retire with dignity. Add to that President Trump’s decision to gut protections for people living with pre-existing conditions and there is no question that our community can no longer afford Congressman Culberson’s willingness to blindly follow his party’s reckless line. Unlike their current Representative, Houstonians can count on me to put this community’s best interests first.”
According to the Center for American Progress, 49% of people under the age of 55 in Texas’s seventh Congressional district live with a pre-existing condition. That’s 339,000 people in Harris County who can be denied access to health care and cannot rely on their insurance company to have their backs if their condition worsens. There are more than 1 million children covered by CHIP in Texas alone.
Fletcher is the Democratic nominee in Texas’ 7th Congressional District, a district that Hillary Clinton carried in the 2016 election. In the primary election on March 6, Fletcher won 96 out of the 143 precincts where Democrats cast ballots. Out of 34,211 ballots, she received 9,768 votes (or 29.36% of the vote) and finished first in the early vote, absentee ballot vote, and Election Day vote.
She has been endorsed by EMILY’s List, a leading national organization dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to office, as well as a coalition of local community leaders and elected officials.
Lizzie is the first woman partner at AZA, a Houston law firm where she has represented Houstonians from all walks of life, helping them find solutions to complex problems. She has been recognized by her peers as one of the ‘Best Lawyers in America’ in U.S. News and World Report. She co-founded Planned Parenthood Young Leaders, and currently serves on the boards of directors for Writers in the Schools (WITS) and Open Dance Project.