Judiciary Committee member U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) 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, 143,000 Utahns would lose coverage.
Without the ACA, 1,268,300 Utahns with pre-existing conditions could be charged more or denied coverage altogether.
A Walk Down Memory Lane: Senator Lee And The ACA
Lee has voted FOUR TIMES to fully repeal the ACA.
2010: Lee Campaigned On ACA Repeal: “We Must Work To Defund And Repeal Obamacare.” “We must work to defund and repeal Obamacare. Every possible means must be applied to stop full implementation of this legislation…Health care reform must never give government the authority to force Americans to buy health insurance, or overburden small businesses which would contribute to job losses. The real solution to our current health care challenge is less government involvement in the process–not more.” [Mike Lee Campaign Website, accessed 10/11/20]
2017: Lee Said “The Worst Thing Congress Could Do” Is Abandon ACA Repeal. “When I was first elected to the Senate in 2010, I ran on a promise to repeal Obamacare. When I ran for re-election last year, I again ran on a promise to repeal Obamacare…The worst thing Congress could do is abandon health care reform entirely. We’ve come too far and we were too close to a deal last week to give up now. Especially after we devoted just 17 legislative days to debating the Republican Obamacare repeal and replace plan.” [Deseret News, 3/29/17]
2020: Just Ahead Of Barrett’s Nomination Hearings, Lee Tweeted That The ACA Is “Collusive, Corrupt, And Deeply Flawed.” The Affordable Care Act is a collusive, corrupt, and deeply flawed method of control for the sick and those with preexisring conditions.” [Mike Lee Twitter, 10/7/20]