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How Washington Republicans’ Lawsuit to Overturn the ACA and Strip Healthcare from Over 20 Million Americans is Playing Across the House Battleground

As our nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington Republicans have continued their crusade against the health care of millions of hard-working American families.

Just last week, House Republicans filed a brief to support a lawsuit to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and strip health coverage from 23 million Americans.

At a time when the American people need their health care the most, Washington Republicans have blocked uninsured COVID-19 patients from getting the coverage they need as they continue using every stunt in their political playbook to attack the livelihoods of their constituents. And they’re hearing about this back home.

Here’s how the Administration’s decision to continue attacking Americans’ health care is playing across the House battleground:

Pandemic, politics make Trump administration’s latest attack on health care law perilous

USA Today       

The Trump administration’s latest request that the Supreme Court strike down the Affordable Care Act comes at a perilous time for the president, amid a pandemic and just four months before Election Day.


Some Republicans have acknowledged the timing of the Supreme Court battle isn’t ideal as the nation weathers a pandemic and the party looks ahead to November, when it will attempt to fend off Democrats eager to take control of the White House and Senate. Democrats have made health care a central fixture of their platform and credit the issue with helping them take control of the House in 2018.

CA-39: House Democrats Want to Expand the ACA; the Trump Administration Wants to End

Spectrum News

One Fullerton Democrat, Gil Cisneros who is in Washington this week for the votes tells me his community would benefit from lower premiums. […]

“The Trump Administration has moved to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. They filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. This is a time where Americans really need their insurance. The Affordable Care Act has provided insurance to over 20 million people” […]

As the President pledges to come up with a better and quote less expensive alternative, his administration has yet to release a detailed replacement. 

FL-26: Trump’s push to end the ACA could roil politics in Miami, Obamacare capital of the U.S.

The Miami-Herald

A renewed effort by the White House to overturn the Affordable Care Act is stirring campaign politics in battleground Florida, a must-win state for President Donald Trump that is home to nearly 2 million Obamacare consumers — most in the nation. […]

Democrats, who took back the House of Representatives two years ago while making healthcare a signature campaign issue, quickly highlighted the legal briefing. The campaign for U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, a freshman Democrat facing a likely challenge in Florida’s 26th congressional district from Republican Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, said late Thursday that “voters will blame Carlos Gimenez, the party that is backing his run for Congress, and the president who has swapped endorsements with him” if the high court overturns the Affordable Care Act.

KS-02, MO-2: Editorial: Why are Kansas and Missouri trying to kill Obamacare during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The Kansas City Star

The attorneys general in Missouri and Kansas are continuing their pointless campaign to invalidate the entire Affordable Care Act — in the middle of a pandemic that has claimed more than 1,200 lives in the two states. Eric Schmitt of Missouri and Derek Schmidt of Kansas both signed a Supreme Court brief insisting the entire act, also known as Obamacare, must fall. That includes protections for patients with pre-existing conditions, leaving young adults on parents’ policies, even nutritional information at some restaurants. […] Ending the Affordable Care Act now, as the coronavirus continues to ravage both states, is beyond senseless.

MO-2: Editorial: The virus and unemployment make Obamacare crucial. The GOP still wants it dead.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On the same day administration lawyers were imploring the justices to pull the medical rug out from under some of the most vulnerable people in America, a new report showed that almost half a million people enrolled in the ACA in April and May, a 46% increase over the same period a year earlier. […] And still, Trump and the GOP are pressing ahead in their effort to cut it down. […]

Every Republican candidate on the ballot this November who supports this twisted attack on American health care — which is virtually the whole party — should pay at the polling places.

MT-All: Montana delegation responds to ACA brief

Independent Record

The law [ACA] has expanded access to health care and protected those with preexisting conditions, but premiums and drug costs have risen since its passage. Both Gianforte and Daines have in the past called for and voted for versions of repealing and/or replacing the ACA. Tester has said he supports improvements to the law, but that its repeal would harm Montana. […]

Republicans have worked to do away with the ACA since its passage and that message was a major part of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. Since his election, however, the party has fallen short of accomplishing that, even when they held both the House and Senate.

NV-04: Crusade against ACA shows voters how little GOP cares about them

Las Vegas Sun

A new analysis shows that more than 300,000 Nevadans and 23 million other Americans rely on the Affordable Care Act for their health care coverage. Elsewhere, a government report showed that nearly a half-million Americans turned to the ACA for coverage after losing their health care plans amid the coronavirus pandemic.

And yet President Donald Trump and Republican leaders continue to pound away at the ACA. The most recent attack came last week when the Trump administration sent a brief to the Supreme Court siding with a group of Republican attorneys general trying to overturn it. […]

The good news for Southern Nevadans is that our congressional and state leaders are fighting any and all efforts to erode or eliminate the ACA. They’re galvanized against Trump and the Republicans, opposing them in the courts and in legislative bodies. “We should be building on the Affordable Care Act to lower health costs, not ripping away every last benefit and protection that the law provides in the middle of a pandemic,” Rep. Steven Horsford said.

UT-04: Utah AG Sean Reyes defends effort to dismantle Obamacare amid pandemic

The Salt Lake Tribune

Republican elected officials, for the most part, have assailed the health care law passed in 2010 though its protections for younger Americans, mandatory coverage for those with preexisting conditions and health care exchanges have become more popular among Americans.

If the high court were to strike down the ACA, millions of Americans would lose their health coverage under the law — including more than 200,000 in Utah — while delivering a large tax cut to the highest earners and some corporations, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.



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