Democratic AG Candidates Committed to Protecting Health Care Against GOP Sabotage

June 24, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ahead of Trump’s Department of Justice and the GOP coalition of Republican AGs filing their opening briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow in their ongoing mission to repeal the ACA, the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) hosted a forum with Democratic AG candidates in the battleground states of Indiana, Montana, and Utah on health care and the importance of electing leaders committed to protecting access to quality, affordable care. The discussion is available on DAGA’s Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

“It’s simple, health care is on the line this November, and Curtis Hill is using Hoosiers’ taxpayer dollars to try to take it away and end life-saving protections for people who have pre-existing conditions,” said Indiana Democratic AG Candidate Jonathan Weinzapfel. “Not even a global health crisis has stopped his politically motivated pursuit. That is why on my first day, I will remove Indiana from this dangerous and wasteful lawsuit and refocus the office on Hoosier families and the issues they care about.”

If this dangerous lawsuit is successful, insurance companies could deny life-saving medical care to the over 429,000 Montanans with preexisting conditions,” added Montana Democratic AG Candidate Raph Graybill. “My opponent’s whole campaign is about supporting this lawsuit. I’ll stop it, and put Montanan families over the profits of insurance companies.”

“Utah’s current Attorney General has joined a reckless and costly lawsuit with other Republican AGs to have the Affordable Care Act declared to be unconstitutional,” said Utah Democratic AG Candidate Greg Skordas. “If Reyes succeeds, thousands of working Utahns and retirees will be stripped of their health benefits, coverage will be far more expensive, workers’ health plans will be taxed and federal health care funding will be raided to give huge tax cuts to the very wealthy and to corporations. I promise to advocate for affordable health care for all Utahns and to protect and strengthen the family protection programs that provide vital care to our children and seniors” 

Tomorrow, the Trump Department of Justice and a coalition of Republican AGs will file their opening briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case California vs Texas. The Republican lawsuit threatens to eliminate health care for more than 20 million Americans and strip protections for as many as 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions. Republican incumbents in Indiana and Utah are part of the GOP coalition suing to take health care away and the Republican candidate in Montana supports the ACA repeal effort.

Although the ACA is proving to be critical in the fight to protect Americans from the consequences of the coronavirus, Trump and the GOP continue to double down on their health care sabotage. Health care continues to be a top issue for voters across the country.

“Not even a pandemic has stopped Republican AGs from wanting to eliminate health care and end protections for people with pre-existing conditions,” said Farah Melendez, DAGA Political Director. “But you know what has stopped the GOP? Electing Democratic AGs.”

Last month, DAGA joined the DNC, DCCC, DSCC, DGA and DLCC  in a joint memo on the important role health care will play in the 2020 elections up and down the ballot. The memo highlights that health care remains the top voting issue in battleground states and that voters trust Democrats more on the issue of health care than Republicans. In 2018, Democrats ran on health care and won at the state AG level flipping four seats blue: CO, MI, NV, and WI.

For more info on the battleground races, check out the link here.

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