Be­cerra leads coali­tion to pro­tect the ACA

Lodi News-Sentinel - - PAGE TWO - — Oula Miq­bel

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.

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