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