While we were busily working yesterday to ensure our patients get high quality health care, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, Louisiana heard oral arguments on Texas v. United States, a potentially devastating lawsuit that aims to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
So what is this all about?
Republican state officials in 2018 filed the suit claiming the entire ACA is unconstitutional, including protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that a ruling against the ACA would be disastrous for our patients and all Americans. Protect Our Care Ohio and Columbus elected officials held a press conference yesterday to highlight the shattering impact this lawsuit could have on health care in Ohio should it prevail, including a projected 105% increase in the rate of uninsured Ohioans.
We will continue to work with you and alongside allies such as Protect Our Care to encourage our elected officials to preserve the ACA and the protections it contains. And, as always, we will keep you updated on developments in this case.