On A Press Call Today, Senator Harris and ACS President Feingold Discussed the Consequences of This Lawsuit and How Ripping Health Care Away from 20 Million Americans During the Global Pandemic Would Be Devastating for Americans’ Health Care

Call Audio Available Here

Washington, DC — Today, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), American Constitution Society President and former Senator Russ Feingold along with Protect Our Care held a press call to discuss the dire consequences of the lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act ahead of the Supreme Court receiving briefs for the case beginning tomorrow. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will begin its consideration of the case, when the House of Representatives and Democratic attorneys general submit briefs defending the law. Oral arguments are expected to happen this fall before the November election. On the call, Senator Harris and ACS President Feingold discussed the legal argument against this case and described how if Republicans are successful in their lawsuit to overturn the law, 20 million Americans will lose their health care and 135 million with pre-existing conditions will lose their protections while the country is still reeling from the coronavirus crisis. 

“Once again, the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans are actively trying to dismantle the Affordable Care Act,” said Senator Kamala D. Harris. “We cannot lose sight of the fact that this administration is trying to rip health coverage away from people in the middle of a life threatening global health crisis. Now, more than ever, people need access to quality, affordable health care.” 

“So much work went into passing the Affordable Care Act, and now we have the courts potentially poised to undo it,” said American Constitution Society President Russ Feingold. “In an unprecedented way, the current administration is not defending the law of the land. Instead, they are pushing the other way to take away health coverage from 20 million people during this very frightening pandemic.” 

“The Texas lawsuit is the clearest example of the Trump administration and Republicans’ war on Americans’ health care,” said Protect Our Care Executive Director Brad Woodhouse. “Having tried dozens of times to repeal the health care law in congress, Trump and Republicans have taken to the courts to throw Americans’ health care into chaos in the midst of a global pandemic. As this case comes back into focus before the Supreme Court, we need to remind the public of just how devastating it would be if this lawsuit is successful and 20 million more Americans lose their health care during this crisis.”