The ACA, Once Again, Makes Its Way to SCOTUS
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The Washington Post Reports: The Affordable Care Act returns to the Supreme Court in the shadow of a pandemic
Tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that could abolish the Affordable Care Act. The stakes are higher than ever before. Millions of Americans could lose their healthcare coverage during the middle of a pandemic.
If the high court, with a newly strengthened conservative majority, were to overturn the law following this week’s oral arguments, health insurance would collapse for at least 23 million Americans. Nearly 11 million would lose coverage through marketplaces created under the ACA to sell private health plans, usually with federal subsidies, to people who cannot get affordable benefits through a job. And about 12 million, insured because of Medicaid expansions in all but a dozen states, could find that coverage disappear.
The consequences of overturning the ACA would reach far beyond the loss of insurance coverage. Preventative care would not longer be free of charge -- that means no free cancer screenings, flu shorts, or COVID vaccine. Moreover, young adults could no longer stay on their parents' health insurance policies until their mid-twenties.
“Overturning the ACA would affect almost everyone, one way or another,” said Larry Levitt, senior vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health policy group. It would “put the health system into chaos and the political system into chaos, as well,” he said.
People that have contracted COVID-19 will also be deeply impacted. Under the ACA, there are protections for people with preexisting conditions. These protections prohibited insurers from charging customers with preexisting conditions higher prices and from refusing to cover these customers. Without the ACA, this all goes out the window.
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