Today, May 6th, 2020 and 3 1/2 years since Donald Trump promised Americans healthcare that would be better than what wAs offered in the Affordable Care Act.
Democratic attorneys general and the House of Representatives will present arguments in the Supreme Court defending the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) against a lawsuit brought in 2018 by the Trump administration and Republican attorneys general to overturn the ACA and declare it unconstitutional.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, 20 million Americans would lose health coverage and 135 million people with pre-existing conditions would lose protections guaranteed to them by the law if the ACA were overturned. The frightening impact of these numbers is becoming very real during this public health crisis.
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, let’s remember a few plain facts:
- The ACA protects people with pre-existing conditions. They cannot be denied coverage. Without the ACA millions would have gone into this crisis without any healthcare coverage. And those who have had Covid and recoveredcannot be refused health insurance or be charged higher premiums.
- Preventive care and other essential protections are covered under the ACA, especially for those with chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease. People have therefore been able to take care of their health, making them better able to survive the Covid crisis.
- The ACA offers mental health benefitsas one of its Essential Benefits, a crucial protection during the Covid crisis.
- Under the ACA, health coverage has reached record levels. For instance, New York State expanded Medicaid under the ACA, and 95% of New Yorkers are now covered by health insurance. It offers subsidized health insurance in the state health marketplace (New York State of Health) and allows young people under 26 to remain on their parents’ health plans.
The ACA saved tens of thousands of lives before the Covid pandemic. It has especially done so during the pandemic and will continue to protect us after.
Now could not be a worse time to end comprehensive coverage and healthcare protections for ALL Americans. Particularly since NEITHER the President or any of his pathetic supporters in the Senate has offered any type of workable alternative plan.