Becerra leads coalition to protect the ACA
SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, leading a coalition of 20 states and the District of Columbia, provided a supplemental briefing at the Fifth Circuit Court’s request, reiterating the vast impacts that Texas v. United States would have on California and states across the nation.
In the filing, the Attorneys General demonstrate their standing in the case by outlining the direct negative impacts that the dismantling of the ACA would have on their states. They further argue that – regardless of the federal government’s abrupt decision to abandon their defense of the ACA — active legal issues remain before the Court, including the continued conflict between the positions taken by Texas’ plaintiff state coalition and the federal government.
On June 26, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit asked for a supplemental briefing from Attorney General Becerra and his coalition.
The Attorneys General argue that the positions taken by the Trump Administration and the Texas-led coalition are legally incorrect and dangerous to our healthcare system.
Dismantling the ACA would cost the United States between $150 billion and $350 billion over the next decade. Further, if affirmed, the District Court’s decision would affect nearly every American, putting at risk:
• More than 12 million Americans who received coverage through Medicaid expansion—including over 6.5 million people in California’s state coalition;
• 12 million seniors who receive a Medicare benefit to afford prescription drugs;
• 133 million Americans, including 17 million kids, with pre-existing health conditions—including over 66 million people in California’s coalition;
• Nearly 5 million individuals in California’s coalition who receive tax credits to help afford insurance through individual marketplaces;
• Millions of working families who rely on highquality employer-sponsored insurance plans; and
• More than $702 billion in federal funding to California’s coalition of states, including Medicaid expansion and public health dollars.