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U.S. Senator Josh Hawley Rushes to Confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court, Refuses to Protect Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

By October 12, 2020No Comments

Judiciary Committee member U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) has made his opposition to the Affordable Care Act crystal clear by voting time and again to repeal the health care law and by supporting California v. Texas, the Trump administration’s lawsuit to completely dismantle the health care law. If successful, the lawsuit would throw our entire health care system into chaos by ripping away health care from more than 20 million Americans and ending protections for more than 135 million people with pre-existing conditions, all in the middle of an ever-worsening pandemic. Senate Republicans are rushing to confirm anti-ACA Judge Amy Coney Barrett in hopes she will help them accomplish their decade-long goal of eliminating the law — and the protections it provides for Americans — when the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in California v. Texas one week after the election. 

What’s At Stake If The Supreme Court Overturns The ACA

If Trump’s lawsuit to overturn the ACA is successful, 230,000 Missourians would lose coverage. 

Without the ACA, 2,478,400 Missourians with pre-existing conditions could be charged more or denied coverage altogether. 

A Walk Down Memory Lane: Senator Hawley And The ACA

2018: Hawley Said Replacing The ACA Would Be “A Top Priority” For Him In The Senate.  “Hawley says he supports protecting pre-existing conditions as well as allowing children to stay on their parents’ plans until the age of 25. And he says if the lawsuit is successful and Obamacare is scuttled, the Senate must act to keep those provisions and rewrite health care laws. ‘The Senate is not doing its job. There’s no doubt about that. Claire McCaskill is a huge part of the problem,’ said Hawley. Next year, Hawley says replacing Obamacare ‘has got to be a top priority.’” [Politico, 8/17/18

2018: Hawley Falsely Claimed That The ACA Resulted In “Millions Of Americans” Losing Their Health Insurance.  “When parents around Missouri come up to me and say they’re frightened because they can’t afford their health insurance, I get where they’re coming from. They should be frightened. And they should be angry. Nine years ago, Claire McCaskill and her liberal allies forced through a massive bureaucratic takeover of American healthcare. McCaskill told us that if we liked our healthcare plans, we could keep them. She said the cost of health insurance would go down. She said prescription drug prices would fall. She lied. Since then, millions of Americans have lost their healthcare plans. Healthcare premiums have more than doubled. Prescription drug prices are off the charts. And family after family can’t afford their healthcare bills.” [Josh Hawley Op-Ed, Springfield News-Leader, 8/20/18

2017: Hawley: “Obamacare Must Go.” “Obamacare is hurting Missouri families – limiting their healthcare and driving up their bills. And it’s hurting jobs. If we want better healthcare and better jobs in our state, it’s simple: Obamacare must go.” [Hawley For Attorney General, Archived 6/23/17]