Protect Our Care released a new report detailing the impact that overturning the Affordable Care Act would have on people with pre-existing conditions. The report comes as Senator Joni Ernst and Senate Republicans work to obscure their records on pre-existing conditions protections by voting for meaningless bills in an effort to falsely reassure voters.
At the same time, Senate Republicans are rushing to confirm President Trump’s anti-ACA nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, so she will be on the court to rule on California v. Texas, the lawsuit to dismantle the ACA. The court will hear oral arguments in the case one week after the election, and if successful, the Trump-Republican lawsuit would remove protections for more than 135 million Americans with a pre-existing condition, including 1,288,400 people in Iowa.
“This report shows the Affordable Care Act is the gold standard for making sure Iowans with pre-existing conditions can get the health care coverage they need,” said Progress Iowa Executive Director and Protect Our Care Iowa Director Matt Sinovic. “Republicans can’t credibly claim to want to protect people with pre-existing conditions and simultaneously work to repeal the ACA. The ACA protects more than 1.2 million Iowans with pre-existing conditions, and Senator Ernst and Republicans are desperate to hide that they want to overturn the law in the middle with a pandemic with no plan to keep our entire health care system from falling into chaos.”