On Wednesday, the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals sided with the Trump administration and Republicans in Texas v. United States, ruling that the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is unconstitutional. The court ordered a lower court to decide whether the rest of the health care law, including protections for people with pre-existing conditions, can remain intact without the ACA’s individual mandate.
For Our Future Ohio State Director Antonia Webb issued the following statement in response to the court’s ruling:
The court’s decision — ushered along by Republican state officials and the Trump administration — leaves the health care coverage of millions of Americans in legal limbo. With this ruling, millions of people are at risk of seeing critical health care protections ripped away from them, including protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
Make no mistake: This ruling all but guarantees that health care will be on the ballot in 2020. Ohioans are tired of being pawns in the Trump-GOP health care sabotage game and they will make their voices heard at the ballot box come November.”
Thanks to the Republican health care sabotage campaign, nearly 2 million Ohioans with a pre-existing condition remain at risk of losing their health insurance. Altogether, nearly 20 million Americans could lose their health care coverage. This also includes hundreds of thousands of Ohioans who have gained health coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion.
There’s no denying that the Affordable Care Act is saving and improving lives, all while saving the United States trillions of dollars in health care costs. A recent report found that Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has prevented more than 19,000 premature deaths, saving the lives of 1,452 Ohions since 2014. Additionally, Ohio’s Medicaid expansion helped more than 25,000 Ohioans to quit smoking.