SCOTUS BRIEFS: Gardner-Backed Lawsuit Argues “ACA’s Pre-Existing Condition Protections Should Be Killed”

SCOTUS BRIEFS: Gardner-Backed Lawsuit Argues “ACA’s Pre-Existing Condition Protections Should Be Killed”

NBC: “Trump administration asks Supreme Court to strike down Obamacare amid pandemic, recession”

Denver, CO – At nearly midnight, the Trump Administration filed briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Senator Cory Gardner-supported lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA), “explicitly arguing that the ACA’s preexisting condition protections should be killed,” putting 2.4 million Coloradans’ protections in jeopardy and threatening to rip care away from an estimated 470,000 Coloradans.

The legal filing argues that the 2017 Republican tax bill — which Gardner enthusiastically supported — made the entire ACA invalid, including its protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Yesterday, protesters gathered at Gardner’s office asking him to oppose the lawsuit.

Gardner believes the ACA is “unconstitutional” and has unrelentingly tried to repeal the ACA, voting at least 13 times to repeal, gut, or defund the law. 

See coverage of the reckless attempt to overturn the life-saving law below: 

New York Times: “The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court late Thursday to overturn the Affordable Care Act — a move that, if successful, would bring a permanent end to the health insurance program popularly known as Obamacare and wipe out coverage for as many as 23 million Americans.”

NBC News: “The brief includes a section pointedly arguing that the Affordable Care Act’s pre-existing condition rules must be overturned as well. . .The White House has not offered a replacement proposal if the case succeeds in court.”

NPR: “Eliminating the ACA would end medical insurance for more than 20 million Americans. It would also end widely popular provisions of the law, such as extending parents’ coverage to children up to the age of 26 and prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage based on preexisting conditions.”

Wall Street Journal: “A decision invalidating the ACA would be a shock to the U.S. health system. It wouldn’t only end coverage for the 11.4 million people who signed up for insurance for this year, but also halt the expansion of Medicaid that covers more than 12 million people. Insurers would again be able to deny people health coverage or charge higher premiums to consumers with pre-existing conditions.”

Washington Post: “Trump has said he wants to protect health care coverage for Americans with preexisting conditions, which a White House spokesman reiterated Thursday night. But the administration has not presented any plan showing how it would accomplish that, and the Justice Department’s Thursday brief takes the opposite position.”