Senate Republicans skittish about a lawsuit that could gut Obamacare’s protections for sicker Americans are pushing legislation that would enshrine those protections under a health care privacy law signed by President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.

The bill from Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander and nine others is a way to shield the GOP from mid-term attacks emanating from the pending suit, which says Congress’ decision to zero out Obamacare’s penalty for shirking insurance means the rest of the law must fall.

“This legislation is a common-sense solution that guarantees Americans with preexisting conditions will have health care coverage, regardless of how our judicial system rules on the future of Obamacare,” said Sen. Thom Tillis, North Carolina Republican.

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