(BOSTON, MA) –- Today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the health care repeal lawsuit, Texas v. California, which seeks to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but declined to undertake an expedited review of the case. The high court’s decision means that the ultimate fate of the ACA will be unresolved prior to the 2020 presidential election. The Supreme Court’s decision comes just days after a new poll showing public support for the ACA is at an all-time high.
Statement of Emily Stewart, executive director of Community Catalyst:
“The high court’s decision today serves as a stark reminder that the health of people across the country is in jeopardy because of this dangerous lawsuit. If the ACA is overturned, 20 million people will lose their health coverage and millions more will once again be living with the fear that they could be discriminated against because of pre-existing conditions like diabetes and cancer. Access to care will be undermined, making it harder for people to get mental health care, maternity care, treatment for substance use disorders, and more. The impact would fall disproportionately on people of color, who already face unfair and discriminatory barriers to health care and coverage. This lawsuit is yet another effort by the Trump administration and its allies to pursue through the courts what they couldn’t accomplish in Congress. They failed because millions of people fought back to protect their care. With the 10th anniversary of the ACA approaching, it’s outrageous that people in this country still have to live with uncertainty about whether they are going to have the affordable care they need to keep themselves and their families healthy.”
About Community Catalyst
Community Catalyst is a national, non-profit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1998 with the belief that affordable quality health care should be accessible to everyone. We work in partnership with national, state and local organizations, policymakers and philanthropic foundations to ensure consumer interests are represented wherever important decisions about health and the health system are made: in communities, statehouses and on Capitol Hill. For more information, visit www.communitycatalyst.org. Follow us on Twitter @HealthPolicyHub.