Rep. Johnson Marks 10th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, Calls on Trump Administration to End ACA Lawsuit
DECATUR, GA — On the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act [ACA], Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) called on the Trump Administration to end its Texas v. U.S. lawsuit, which would strike down the entirety of the ACA including pre-existing condition protections for 130 million Americans and at least 1.8 million Georgians, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“For a decade, Democrats have stood strong against the GOP’s all-out assault on the health and financial security of hard-working families,” said Rep. Johnson. “As our nation faces the unprecedented coronavirus crisis, the Republicans’ continued effort to eliminate the lifesaving protections of the ACA poses a devastating threat to the people of Georgia and all Americans. At this time of uncertainty, every American in every community must be sure that they will receive the critical medical care that they and their families need to stay healthy and safe.”
Since becoming law in 2010, the ACA has become a pillar of health and economic stability for millions of Americans. It has protected 1.8 million Georgians with pre-existing conditions, lowered drug costs for Georgians on Medicare and reduced the Georgia uninsured population by more than 450,000. If the Trump Administration’s outrageous lawsuit is successful in gutting the ACA, Georgia families would face staggering consequences:
• Uninsured Rate will Increase: Georgia residents will lose expanded health insurance coverage through the ACA, leading to 461,000 more Georgia residents becoming uninsured – a 29 percent increase in the state uninsured rate.
• Federal Health Care Funding will Decrease: Georgians will lose $2.3 billion in critical federal funding that pays for Medicaid/CHIP care and Marketplace subsidies, harming millions of Georgians.
• Pre-Existing Conditions will be Gutted: About 1.8 million, or 28 percent, of Georgia residents will face increased costs or be denied coverage for their pre-existing conditions.
• Prescription Drug Costs for Seniors will Increase: Prescription drug costs will increase for the 12 million Medicare beneficiaries nationwide who have saved on prescription drugs due to the ACA’s closure of Medicare Part D donut hole.
“On day one of this Congress, House Democrats voted to throw the full legal weight of the House of Representatives into the fight against this lawsuit, and to protect and strengthen Americans’ health care,” continued Rep. Johnson. “Now, during the coronavirus pandemic, House Democrats are using every tool and resource available to safeguard and expand the ACA’s vital protections to put Families First. Today, and every day, Democrats will uphold the bedrock promise that health care is right, not a privilege, for all.”