U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Case to Throw Out Health Care Law
COLUMBUS – The Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairman David Pepper on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear the Affordable Care Act lawsuit, Texas v. United States:
“Since Donald Trump came into office, Ohio’s uninsured rate has gone up, and the number of uninsured Ohio kids has surged. That’s because Trump and the GOP have never had a plan for health care — this lawsuit that he’s cheerleading is the Republican plan. It will rip 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.
“In December, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost claimed that ‘Ohioans can breathe easier’ now. Nothing could be further from the truth. The situation is dire, and Republicans are closer than ever to their goal of overturning the Affordable Care Act and taking away coverage from millions of Americans.”
In addition to provisions that protect people with pre-existing conditions, eliminate lifetime limits on coverage and allow young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance up to age 26, the Affordable Care Act also requires health insurers to cover preventive services at no cost to patients. This includes vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — which means a coronavirus vaccine would be available to insured patients free of charge.
In 2019, Ohio Democrats sounded the alarm about the Texas v. United States lawsuit and its potentially disastrous impact with news conferences in Steubenville, Zanesville, Columbus, Toledo and Springfield.