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TODAY: Senator Murphy, Attorney General Herring, and Ranking Member Pallone Join Protect Our Care to Discuss District Court Ruling to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

Ruling Means:

Medicaid Expansion is Gone

Protections for Preexisting Conditions are Gone

Seniors Forced to Pay More for Prescription Drugs

Millions to Lose Health Care

Washington, DC – Today, Monday December 17, 2018 at 11:00 AM ET, Protect Our Care will hold a press conference call featuring U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), Attorney General Mark Herring (D-VA), Ranking Member Pallone (D-NJ) to discuss the shocking decision by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor to unleash “chaos” in our health system by overturning critical Affordable Care Act protections. With this decision, Republicans have done through the courts what they couldn’t do in Congress: repeal the ACA, raise costs, end protections, and take health care away from millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions.

View Protect Our Care’s statement in response to the ruling here.

WHAT:

Press call to discuss Judge O’Connor’s ruling in Texas, et. al. vs. United States, et. al.

WHO:

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy

Attorney General Mark Herring

Ranking Member Frank Pallone, House Energy & Commerce Committee

Leslie Dach, chair, Protect Our Care

Brad Woodhouse, executive director, Protect Our Care

WHEN:        

Today, Monday, December 17, 2018

11:00 AM ET

CONTACT:

Please RSVP to [email protected]


CALL-IN NUMBER:
888-220-8474, code: 7916276

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND:

If Judge O’Connor’s ruling takes effect, critical Affordable Care Act protections essentially vanish overnight, unleashing — as the Trump Administration itself admitted in his court — “chaos” in our entire health care system.

  • Seventeen million more people could lose their coverage in a single year, leading to a 50 percent increase in the uninsured rate
  • Protections for 130 million people with pre-existing conditions, if they buy coverage on their own, are gone
  • The Medicaid expansion, currently covering 15 million people, could vanish.
  • Improvements to Medicare, including reduced costs for prescription drugs, are eliminated
  • No longer will kids be allowed to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26
  • The ban on annual and lifetime limits are gone
  • The ban on insurance discrimination against women and people over age 50 is gone
  • Limits on out-of-pocket costs are eliminated
  • Small business tax credits are gone
  • Marketplace tax credits for up to 9 million people are gone

Seema Verma and Donald Trump Continue to Hide Behind Lies As Americans Continue to Worry About their Care

“Instead of a super secret so-called contingency plan which no one actually believes exists, just end the lawsuit,” said Brad Woodhouse.

Washington, D.C. – In response to CMS Administrator Seema Verma telling the Washington Examiner that the Trump Administration has a secret “contingency plan” should their lawsuit to upend the American health care system go through, Brad Woodhouse, executive director of Protect Our Care, released the following statement:

“The best contingency plan for protecting American health care – and especially for those with pre-existing conditions – is for the Administration to withdraw its support for this disastrous lawsuit and instead defend the law of the land. The American people have made their voices loud and clear: they support the Affordable Care Act, they want people with pre-existing medical conditions to be protected from discrimination by insurance companies, and they oppose any and all GOP efforts to undermine their health care. Instead of a super secret so-called contingency plan which no one actually believes exists, just end the lawsuit.”

 

THE CLAIM:

CMS Chief Seema Verma Claims That She And The Trump Administration Have A Contingency Plan If The Trump-GOP Lawsuit To End Protections For Pre-existing Conditions is successful [Washington Examiner]:

Seema Verma told reporters that “we do have contingency plans” if the healthcare law is struck down — specifically the provision aimed at ensuring people with pre-existing conditions, such as cancer or diabetes, have access to coverage.

But Chief Seema Verma declined to describe the backup plan, saying that “it wouldn’t be appropriate to share details because it may or may not be needed.”

 

THE REALITY:

If Judge Reed O’Connor rules in favor of the 20 Republican state officials and Trump’s Department of Justice, Seema Verma and Donald Trump will own the consequences to the American people. And those consequences are serious. Critical Affordable Care Act protections could vanish overnight, unleashing — as the Trump Administration itself admitted — “chaos” in our entire health care system.

  • 17 million people could lose their coverage in a single year, leading to a 50 percent increase in the uninsured rate
  • Protections for 130 million people with pre-existing conditions, their own, could end.
  • Medicaid expansion, currently covering 15 million Americans, could vanish.
  • Improvements to Medicare, including reduced costs for prescription drugs, would be eliminated.
  • Children would no longer be allowed to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26
  • Ban on annual and lifetime limits? Gone.
  • Ban on insurance discrimination against women and people over age 50? Nope.
  • Limits on out-of-pocket costs? Eliminated.
  • Small business tax credits? Done.
  • Marketplace tax credits for up to 9 million people? Not anymore.

Fact-checking Mike Braun’s Two Big Health Care Lies Last Night

In his debate against Senator Joe Donnelly last night, Mike Braun doubled down on two big health care lies in an act of total political desperation because of the overwhelming unpopularity of his health care positions, including the junk insurance plan he offered his employees.

 

Last night, Braun Said, “I would never be for any replacement that doesn’t cover pre-existing conditions.”

 

BUT THE TRUTH IS BRAUN HAS PLEDGED TO “REPEAL AND REPLACE EVERY WORD” OF ACA, INCLUDING PROTECTIONS FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS

Braun, June 2018: I Will “Fully Repeal” Obamacare. “In the Senate, I will use my business experience and work with President Trump to fully repeal Obamacare and implement free-market solutions that will provide better healthcare for Hoosiers.” [City-County Observer, 7/26/18]

On the subject of the ACA, his website reads, “There is no repairing this broken law; the only option is to repeal and replace every word and regulation.” [Braun For Indiana, Accessed 8/14/18]

 

Last night Braun Said, “As a Republican, you get swept into the fact that you would support that lawsuit, that’s not the case.”

 

BUT THE TRUTH IS MIKE BRAUN SUPPORTS THE TRUMP-GOP LAWSUIT THAT WOULD GUT THE ACA ENTIRELY, INCLUDING PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS PROTECTIONS.

“‘Sure, anything that’s going to actually get rid of it, yes,’ said Indiana GOP Senate nominee Mike Braun of the GOP lawsuit to gut the law in an interview in Mishawaka.” [Politico, 8/17/18].

 

WHO’S AT RISK IF MIKE BRAUN IS ELECTED TO THE SENATE?

  • 2,745,700 Hoosiers Living With A Pre-Existing Condition. About one in two Hoosiers, 50 percent, lives with a pre-existing condition. [CAP, 4/5/17]
  • 1,382,000 Indiana Women And Girls With A Pre-Existing Condition. Approximately 1,382,000 women and girls in Indiana live with a pre-existing condition. [CAP & National Partnership For Women and Families, June 2018]
  • 377,100 Indiana Children With A Pre-Existing Condition. Roughly 377,000 Hoosiers below age 18 live with a pre-existing condition. [CAP, 4/5/17]
  • 643,800 Older Hoosiers Living With A Pre-Existing Condition. 643,800 Indiana adults between the ages of 55 and 64 live with at least one pre-existing condition, meaning attacks on these protections significantly threaten Hoosiers approaching Medicare age. [CAP, 4/5/17]

TONIGHT: Pre-Existing Conditions Enemy Josh Hawley to Debate Health Care Champion Claire McCaskill

Washington DC – Ahead of tonight’s debate between Senator Claire McCaskill and Attorney General Josh Hawley, a health care repeal-and-sabotage crusader who is suing to end protections for people with pre-existing conditions, Brad Woodhouse, executive director of Protect Our Care, issue the following statement:

 

“Tonight, the world will have another opportunity to see Josh Hawley for what he truly is: a politician who will say one thing to get elected, while doing the opposite. Hawley’s health care hypocrisy — calling yourself a protector of people with pre-existing conditions while going to Court to end the law that guarantees coverage without discrimination against them — has made him the face of the GOP’s desperate ‘Operation: Obfuscation’ on health care. Make no mistake: Hawley is only working to distort his record on health care because he knows it is contrary to what Missouri voters want. What they do want is a Senator like Claire McCaskill who will stand up for their health care, protect people with pre-existing conditions and fight to  lower the high cost of prescription drugs”

 

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND:

 

Despite Hawley campaigned on Dismantle The ACA And Now Is A Party In A Lawsuit To Eliminate Protections For Pre-existing conditions

 

Hawley Ran For Attorney General “On A Platform Largely Based On His Role In A Lawsuit Against The Affordable Care Act.” “Hawley, who had no previous political experience, ran on a platform largely based on his role in a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act that went to the U.S. Supreme Court. As a private attorney, he worked with more than a dozen lawyers on a case in which Hobby Lobby and other businesses challenged a federal requirement to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives for employees.” [St. Louis Post Dispatch, 3/17/17]

 

Hawley: “I’ve Fought Obamacare In The Supreme Court Of The United States.” “I’ve fought Obamacare in the Supreme Court of the United States—and won. As Attorney General, I will keep up the fight until Missourians get real control over their healthcare and Missouri job creators are free to get our state back to work.” [Hawley For Attorney General, Archived 6/23/17]  

 

What would full repeal of the Affordable Care Act eliminate?

  • Protections for 2,495,400 Missourians with pre-existing conditions, if they buy coverage on their own
  • Improvements to Medicare, including reduced costs for prescription drugs
  • Allowing kids to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26
  • Ban on annual and lifetime limits
  • Ban on insurance discrimination against women
  • Limit on out-of-pocket costs
  • Medicaid expansion currently covering 15 million people nationally

Hawley Said Replacing The ACA Would Be “A Top Priority” For Him In The Senate. [Politico, 8/17/18]

 

Hawley Falsely Claimed That The ACA Resulted In “Millions Of Americans” Losing Their Health Insurance. [Josh Hawley Op-Ed, Springfield News-Leader, 8/20/18]