July 8, 2019/Media, Press

Oral Arguments on the Trump Texas Republicans Lawsuit to Overturn the Affordable Care Act Start Tomorrow

Austin, TX — Tomorrow, the health care of tens of millions of Americans is on the line in the U.S. Court of Appeals.

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 health care and gutting protections for as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions.

Here’s what you need to know about Texas v. United States:

  • Oral arguments are scheduled to begin on July 9 (tomorrow) 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.

  • 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).

  • The Trump Administration refuses to oppose this lawsuit.

Here’s What Will Happen if Trump and Republicans Successfully Repeal Obamacare:

  • As many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions will lose their health care coverage.

  • The uninsured rate will increase by 65%, including 1.7 million more Texans without health insurance.

  • More than 5 million seniors every year will have to pay more for prescription drugs.

  • Insurance companies will be able to charge women 50% more than men.

  • More rural hospitals will close. Texas has already experienced the most rural hospital closures in the nation since 2010.

  • 2 million young people will no longer be able to stay on their parents’ insurance.

Texas Already Ranks Dead Last for Health Care Coverage:

  • Nearly 4.3 million Texans are uninsured. Texas has the highest uninsured rate in the nation.

  • One in five uninsured children in the U.S. live in Texas, the highest 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 cannot afford a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. 

Texas should be expanding health care coverage, not attempting to take make access to quality care harder for every Texas family.

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