Insurance Commissioner Kreidler's statement on ACA lawsuit's threat to pre-existing conditions coverage


Although the lawsuit was brought by 20 Republican state attorneys general, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 75 percent of Americans don't want those protections reversed. The states are arguing that this renders the individual mandate - which requires almost all Americans to have health insurance - unconstitutional and that invalidates the entire Affordable Care Act.

Today, a Texas Federal District Court heard arguments in the case Texas v. The Trump Justice Department decided not to defend the ACA in the case.

The Republican-led coalition of states is arguing that the Obama administration and a majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices said in prior cases that the mandate is constitutional because its penalty is a tax and the mandate is essential to creating effective health insurance markets. The American people deserve the certainty that they can see a doctor when they need to and that their elected officials will work to protect their health care.

The Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, and a group of 17 state attorneys general, two governors, and two individual plaintiffs are challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), urging the court to overturn the entire health care law now that the individual mandate penalty was eliminated by Congress.

Rates will decreased by an average of 6 percent under Molina Health Care, remain unchanged under Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and increase by 4 percent under Christus Health Plan, according to state insurance regulators. Half of those people said the bill was less than $500, but almost 1 in 8 said they were on the hook for $2,000 or more.

"This case is going to help renew the focus on health care in the midterm elections", said Celinda Lake, a longtime Democratic pollster, who noted that the issue had been flagging slightly as President Donald Trump and other Republicans have talked less about rolling back the health care law since they failed to repeal it in Congress a year ago.

"Four in 10 Americans (41%) say they are "very worried" that they or a family member will lose coverage if the Supreme Court overturns the ACA's pre-existing condition protections", Kaiser said in releasing the poll. The new Trump administration rule, blasted by Democrats as a move permitting the sale of "junk insurance", allows insurers to extend them for up to three years.

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Ending the health law, even temporarily, "would wreak havoc in our health care system", said Becerra in a call with reporters on August 30.

Nonetheless, as we wait on the U.S. District Court to rule on whether to issue an injunction or partial injunction, ACA supporters and advocacy organizations are on their toes. Insurers hold a key financial stake in the individual market, but an even bigger stake in the law's provisions on Medicare and Medicaid.

Tennessee's top Republicans are watching a lawsuit meant to strike down the Affordable Care Act with mixed emotions. And Democrats are already using the issue to hammer opponents in the upcoming midterm elections.

"I don't think any objective observer of this lawsuit would say it is likely to succeed", he said.

"This legislation is a common-sense solution that guarantees Americans with preexisting conditions will have health care coverage", Tillis said. With Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) replacing John McCain, a critical vote against the GOP's 2017 Obamacare repeal bill, there has been chatter about another potential repeal effort - though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell effectively shot that down on Wednesday.

Critics, however, were quick to point out that the bill doesn't actually offer the same protections that are embodied in the ACA.

In June, DeWine told The Dispatch through a spokesman that he did not support scrapping protections for people with preexisting conditions. The team compared changes in health insurance coverage and access to and use of health care services among Latinos ages 18 to 64 before implementation of the main provisions of the Affordable Care Act (2007-2013) and after (2014-2016).