July 8, 2019/Blog, Media

Everything you need to know about the Republican lawsuit to strangle the Affordable Care Act

President Trump is trying to rip apart our health care by going to court to eliminate the Affordable Care Act in its entirety.

The healthcare of tens of millions of Americans is on the line in the U.S. Court of Appeals. Oral arguments are scheduled to begin on July 9 in the U.S. Court of Appeals over a lower-court ruling on Texas v. United States that declared the entirety of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.

If the Trump lawsuit is successful, it will strip coverage from millions of Americans, raise premiums, end protections for people with pre-existing conditions, put insurance companies back in charge, and force seniors to pay more for prescription drugs.

Republicans want to put insurance companies back in charge, ending protections for the 133 million people with a pre-existing condition

In a Texas-led lawsuit, indicted Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton and Trump Republicans across the country are attempting to finish the job that Trump and Republicans in Congress started: repealing affordable healthcare and gutting protections for as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions.

“From pre-existing conditions protections to lowering prescription drug prices, we need a healthcare system that prioritizes the health of working-class families. Healthcare is a basic human right. Texas Democrats will continue to fight relentlessly for Texas families,” said Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa.

While the Trump administration initially only sought to have the ACA’s preexisting condition protections deemed unconstitutional, it has since broadened its position and now supports the December 2018 U.S. District Court ruling that found the entire ACA unconstitutional.

The lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act is currently led by Republican Attorneys General from 18 states, including indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. The following is the full list of states joining this lawsuit TX, AL, AR, AZ, FL, GA, IN, KS, LA, MS, MO, NE, ND, SC, SD, TN, UT, and WV.

“Indicted Texas Republican Attorney General Paxton and Trump Republicans are still trying to rip away our healthcare. This is dead wrong. Texas already ranks dead last in healthcare coverage. We should be fighting to protect and expand healthcare for all, not cut off access for millions of Americans,” said Texas Democratic Party Chair Hinojosa.

The Trump Administration refuses to oppose this lawsuit.

Conditions that could cost you your care are, but not limited to, acne, AIDS/HIV, alcohol/drug abuse, Cerebral Palsy, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, epilepsy, kidney disease, severe epilepsy, sleep apnea, pregnancy, muscular dystrophy, depression, eating disorders, and bipolar disorder.

Medications that you could be denied healthcare for taking anti-arthritic medications, anti-diabetic medications (including insulin), anti-cancer medications, anti-coagulant and anti-thrombotic medications, medication for autism, anti-psychotics, medications for HIV/AIDS, growth hormone, medication used to treat arthritis, anemia, and narcolepsy, and fertility medication.

Texas already ranks dead last in healthcare coverage. Nearly 4.3 million Texans are uninsured. We have the highest uninsured rate in the nation. One in five uninsured children live in Texas, the highest in the nation. Already, 17 rural hospitals have closed in Texas, the most in the nation.

Texas loses nearly $100 Billion per year in federal funds to states like California and New York by refusing to expand Medicaid. Texas should be expanding healthcare coverage, not attempting to take make access to quality care harder for every Texas family.

We cannot afford a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

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We need a healthcare system that prioritizes the health of working-class families, not the profits of insurance companies. Healthcare shouldn’t depend on your ability to find work, how much money you have, or your zip code.