The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the harmful Health Care Repeal Lawsuit—which would eliminate the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) with no replacement—in its next term that starts in October 2020. Oral arguments in the case will be held this fall with a decision issued in 2021, but legal filings at the high court have already started and will continue through the summer.
On Thursday, June 25, a group of states led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and the Trump administration will file their opening briefs with the Supreme Court. We’ll likely see the same dangerous arguments they’ve made for years in their efforts to take health coverage and economic security away from millions of people across the country.
While their arguments probably won’t change, the country has changed profoundly. The ACA has proven itself even more essential over the last few tumultuous months:
It would seem unthinkable in the current environment to throw out the system that is both the primary safety net for coverage during a period of staggering job losses and a tool to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in access to coverage and care. Especially when Texas’ leaders have no plan whatsoever to ensure access to health care and coverage for Americans. Yet, the Texas Attorney General and others will argue to do just that this week.
Poll after poll shows Texans want lawmakers to focus on improving access to health care — not taking it away. If the Attorney General’s misguided lawsuit ultimately results in eliminating the ACA, it would have devastating effects on Texans and people across the country: 20 million Americans would lose their health care coverage, insurance companies would be allowed to once again discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, and seniors in Medicare would pay more for prescriptions.
Examples of harm to Texans
What Texans and Americans want with respect to health coverage
Attorney General Paxton’s lawsuit that would take health coverage away from Texans and end pre-existing condition protections stands in stark contrast with what Texans and Americans want.
Recent Texas polling from the Episcopal Health Foundation shows:
In addition, polling from the Kaiser Family Foundation (summary of findings from many polls here) shows that strong majorities across political parties support key Affordable Care Act provisions such as pre-existing condition protections; marketplace subsidies that make coverage more affordable; allowing young adults to stay on a parent’s plan to age 26; preventive health care with no out-of-pocket costs; and coverage of Essential Health Benefits.
Texans want our leaders to improve access to health care, not take it away. Follow Every Texan on Twitter for updates on this litigation. For ways to get active in support of health care access and coverage follow #SickofItTX on Twitter at visit sickofittx.org/
In the midst of a public health crisis, we need stable health systems and broader access to care. Tell @TXAG @KenPaxtonTX it's not too late to #DropTheLawsuit. Protect Texans from #COVID19 and other health conditions now. #txlege #ProtectOurCare https://t.co/HdHZKyw56J pic.twitter.com/jbc6fYpqKt
— SickOfItTX (@SickofitTx) June 22, 2020