Maine Rep. Collins said, “It is highly unusual for the Department of Justice not to defend duly-enacted laws, which the Affordable Care Act certainly was. So this decision to even go more broadly in failing to defend the law is very disappointing.” On Monday, the DoJ said in a legal filing that the Fifth Circuit Court should strike down the entire ACA. This is the latest step by Trump’s Department of Justice to undermine the ACA. Legal experts across the political spectrum agree that the reasoning underpinning the decision is weak. But because of decades of Republicans stacking the courts in their favor, Texas v. United States may not die at the Fifth Circuit. We must defend our right to healthcare.
This action would:
•It would jeopardize Medicaid expansion in 37 states.
•It would end protections for preexisting conditions.
•It would end coverage for young people who’d otherwise be able to stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26.
•It would end required coverage of preventive care -- like cancer screenings, vaccines, birth control, blood pressure tests and more.
Here’s what you can do now:
Pressure House Democrats to use their oversight and investigatory power to hold the Trump administration accountable for their sabotage. Call them and demand that they ask the tough questions -- ask them what they’re doing about Trump’s attack on our health care right now.
Keep calling to get your members of Congress to commit to building on the success of the ACA and lay the groundwork for a single-payer system. Yes, ask your representatives to cosponsor Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s Medicare For All Act, but go a step further. Demand your members of Congress lay the groundwork now for what comes next: that means holding hearings, hearing from experts, working through the policy debates, building consensus, and drafting legislation so that it’s ready when we take power. Your continued pressure can ensure that they do this.