Today, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear Texas v. California, a lawsuit seeking to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its entirety, including protections for people with pre-existing conditions and coverage for 20 million people. The 5th Circuit Court previously remanded the case back to the district court, which could have taken years to resolve the case. The Court is expected to hear the case sometime in the fall after the start of the new session in October.
In response to today’s ruling, Erin Hemlin, Health Policy and Advocacy Director for Young Invincibles, issued the following statement:
“With every attempt to undercut, weaken, and dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the Trump Administration attacks a law that has helped more than eight million young adults gain health coverage. Today, more than 30 million young people with pre-existing conditions have the peace of mind that they cannot be denied benefits because of their health thanks to the ACA. But that’s all in jeopardy as this administration pursues this dangerous lawsuit.
Over the past decade, young adults have grown up with the ACA and come to trust that affordable coverage and comprehensive insurance protections will be there for them when they need it. Young people — primarily low-income young adults, young people of color, and young LGBTQ adults who rely on the ACA for subsidized coverage and comprehensive benefits — will be disproportionately impacted if this case is successful. With the successes and historic gains over the past decade, it’s no surprise the ACA’s popularity is at an all time high and young people support preserving the protections of the ACA.
Yet the Trump Administration continues its relentless, callous attempts to tear down one of the most important laws in a generation. As we approach the ten year anniversary of the ACA becoming law, this is a time to reflect on the expansion of health access, coverage, and affordability across the country, not dismantle it. It’s time for the administration to stop undermining the health of young people and abandon this lawsuit which would have a catastrophic impact on millions of people.”