Oral arguments begin today, July 19th, 2019, in the Republican, Trump-backed lawsuit to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Coverage for 20 million Americans and protections for 134 million people with preexisting conditions hang in the balance.
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But it’s even more than that. The Affordable Care Act ensures access to free birth control, mammograms, and cholesterol tests for millions of families, including those with employer-based insurance. It helps keep Medicare and prescription drug costs down for seniors. It helps hundreds of millions of Americans on a daily basis—and Trump and his Republican allies want to rip it all away:
Coverage losses: If this sham lawsuit succeeds and the Affordable Care Act is overturned, an average of 45,600 people in each congressional district would lose their coverage.
Higher premiums: This is just the latest attempt by the Trump administration to sabotage our care. Due to their efforts, a typical American family is already paying about $3,000 more for marketplace coverage than they would have otherwise.
Hypocrisy: In 2018, Republicans in Congress ran on a promise to protect preexisting conditions. In reality, they voted over and over to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act and overturn those protections.
Packing the courts: The only reason this lawsuit—which legal experts have condemned—has a chance of succeeding? Trump (with the help of Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans) is packing the courts, including the Supreme Court, with far-right ideologues.
We need universal coverage: Even if this lawsuit fails, Trump and Republicans will continue to attack our health care. We have to keep fighting, and we must move toward universal health coverage. Read more about Medicare Extra for All, a progressive plan from the Center for American Progress that would provide universal coverage for all Americans.