This week, 30 West Virginia doctors released a joint letter calling on Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to stop attacking access to health care and withdraw West Virginia from the federal lawsuit seeking to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the letter, the doctors mention that if successful, Morrisey’s lawsuit will “do irreparable harm to the health care coverage of 200,000 West Virginians and to our state’s economy.” The letter also presses AG Morrisey on how the state would respond to the health care challenges that will arise if the ACA is repealed.
Similar to the 2018 midterm elections when DAGA flipped four battleground seats blue, health care is a top issue for voters this cycle. Voters in battleground states overwhelmingly trust Democrats over Republicans on health care and voters disapprove of the ACA repeal lawsuit led by Republican AGs including Patrick Morrisey. For more on the role health care will play in state elections this year, check out the memo linked here.
“This week, 30 West Virginia doctors took Patrick Morrisey to task for his health care failures,” said Manfred Mecoy, Deputy Political Director of the Democratic Attorneys General Association. “Right now, thousands of West Virginians are suffering from Black lung disease, diabetes, and addiction—not to mention the harrowing effects of COVID-19, which has already stolen close to 300 lives in the state. Families and doctors alike deserve to know how Morrisey plans to support the 200,000 West Virginians who will lose health care if his lawsuit is successful.”
In case you missed it, full doctor letter linked here.