Today, Republicans including Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr file opening briefs in their Trump-backed lawsuit that would overturn the entire Affordable Care Act — which would end critical protections for pre-existing conditions and strip health care coverage from millions of Americans in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
Republicans’ dangerous lawsuit could end health care coverage for more than 20 million Americans, including one million Georgians, and leave millions more without protections for pre-existing conditions, allowing insurance companies to once again kick Georgians off of their health insurance and spike costs for millions, and even make COVID-19 treatment “uninsurable” for patients. Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr and the Kemp administration have embraced the lawsuit enthusiastically, including bragging about the lawsuit in late March as local leaders across Georgia closed businesses to protect their communities.
Since the pandemic started, the Trump administration and their Republican allies’ commitment to sabotaging the Affordable Care Act has led to significant consequences for the U.S. coronavirus response. The White House still doesn’t have a plan to cover coronavirus treatment for uninsured Americans and refused to reopen enrollment in the ACA’s marketplace, despite promising to do so weeks ago. Instead, Republicans doubled down on their mission to repeal American health care, which would leave even more Americans without health care coverage or protections for pre-existing conditions during a global health emergency.
“Thousands of Georgians have lost their jobs and their health insurance thanks to Trump’s mishandling of this pandemic, but Republicans are still doubling down on their dangerous lawsuit to repeal millions of Americans’ health care coverage,” said Maggie Chambers, spokeswoman for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “The Affordable Care Act is one of our most critical tools to protect Georgians from the consequences of COVID-19 — ripping apart its protections when Georgians need it most is dangerous for public health and downright cruel.”