Democratic AGs Put Access to Affordable Health Care Front and Center as States Continue to Confront COVID-19 Crisis
May 7, 2020
Dem AG Coalition Continues to Defend Health Care for Millions while Trump & Republican AGs Double-Down on their Anti-Health Care Crusade
Yesterday, California AG Xavier Becerra led the Democratic AG coalition in submitting the opening brief to the Supreme Court in the health care repeal case. The case — now called California v. Texas — will decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act, the law that provides health coverage for more than 20 million Americans and protects over 133 million people with pre-existing conditions. If Trump and the coalition of 18 anti-health care states succeed in this fight, millions of people will suffer and our entire healthcare system could be thrown into chaos — all while our nation battles the worst public health crisis in over a century.
As part of the effort to save health care, Democratic AGs across the country participated in events to highlight why we must save the ACA and with it, American lives.
- California AG Xavier Becerra, joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Protect Our Care Executive Director Brad Woodhouse to provide an update on the ACA repeal case, and on the millions of people who will be harmed if Republican AGs and Trump are successful at the Supreme Court. “We are not going to walk away from this fight, and we intend to win,” AG Becerra said as he closed out his update. Read more about what Speaker Pelosi and AG Becerra said on the call here.
- Wisconsin AG Josh Kaul joined DNC Chairman Tom Perez to give an update on the impact repealing the ACA would have on people with pre-existing conditions. On the call they were joined by a Wisconsinite who is a Type-1 Diabetic (a common pre-existing condition) and would be at risk of losing coverage should Republican AGs successfully eliminate the ACA. AG Kaul reminded voters that there is action to be taken, “We need to hold accountable the politicians who are trying to take health care away from millions of Americans.” Read more here.
- North Carolina AG Josh Stein joined North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Wayne Goodwin to discuss the impact on millions of North Carolina families should the ACA be repealed. “Defending the ACA is absolutely critical to defending the quality of life and the economy of North Carolina,” AG Stein said. Listen to the full call here!
- Iowa AG Tom Miller joined Health Care Voter, Progress Iowa, Iowa Voices and Protect Our Care Iowa to highlight why the ACA has been important to Iowa families. “For people’s healthcare to be put in jeopardy during this time is as bad a time as you can imagine,” said AG Miller. Listen to the full press call here.
- Michigan AG Dana Nessel joined Dr. Jill Biden and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow for a virtual town hall with nurses from Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan. During the event, AG Nessel said, “we need to be laser focused to ensure quality and affordable healthcare, especially for communities of color which have been disproportionately impacted” by the #COVID-19 pandemic. For more on the event, read this Detroit News article. Earlier in the day, AG Nessel joined former AARP President Eric Schneidewind for a call on the importance of protecting the health care of Michiganders.
The ACA repeal case will be heard by the Supreme Court this fall. FOUR of the Republican AGs fighting to take away health care in the ACA repeal case are on the ballot this November: Indiana AG Curtis Hill, Missouri AG Eric Schmitt, Utah AG Sean Reyes and West Virginia AG Patrick Morrisey.
Health Care remains the top voting issue in states across the country in 2020 – and holding the GOP accountable for its attacks on health care will be a big part of the 2020 state AG elections. For more on DAGA’s 2020 plans, click here!