As Coronavirus Pandemic Rages, Trump And GOP Continue To Wage War Against Affordable Care Act

COLUMBUS – The coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of 70,000 Americans, but the Trump administration and Republican officials are still fighting to rip health coverage away from more than half a million Ohioans who are covered under the Medicaid expansion, take protections away from nearly five million Ohioans with pre-existing conditions and put as many as one-fourth of Ohio’s hospitals at risk for closure.

“Since Donald Trump came into office, Ohio’s uninsured rate has gone up, and the number of uninsured Ohio kids has surged, and that was before the coronavirus crisis hit our shores,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Trump and the GOP have never had a plan for health care — this lawsuit is the Republican plan. Even after 70,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and more than one million cases have been confirmed, Republicans will not stop in pursuit of their goal of overturning the Affordable Care Act and taking away coverage from millions of Americans.”

Today Democratic attorneys general and the House of Representatives will submit opening briefs in California v. Texas to defend the Affordable Care Act.

“Over the last two months, millions of Americans have lost their jobs and their health care,” said Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein, who is suing the administration over their sabotage of the health care law. “Instead of helping people who desperately need coverage, the Trump administration is instead continuing its effort to dismantle the ACA. In order to get through this pandemic, we need to make sure our families and neighbors get the help they need. Our goal must be ensuring health care is accessible and affordable for everyone, and there’s only one presidential candidate who’s made that commitment: Joe Biden.”

In 2019, Ohio Democrats sounded the alarm about the Affordable Care Act lawsuit and its potentially disastrous impact with news conferences in Steubenville, Zanesville, Columbus, Toledo and Springfield.