In the midst of a pandemic, a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas and the Trump Administration would dismantle the Affordable Care Act and put at risk the health care of millions. In his brief, Stein argues that the Affordable Care Act is necessary now more than ever and will be “a crucial resource” during the pandemic and recession, according to a press release.
“Health care is a matter of life or death, especially during a pandemic,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “Trying to eliminate the Affordable Care Act is incredibly reckless, putting at risk the lives of more than 500,000 North Carolinians who rely on the ACA for coverage, more than 400,000 North Carolina families who receive subsidies to afford their insurance, and more than 4 million people with pre-existing conditions who benefit from anti-discrimination protections. I will continue to fight to defend affordable and accessible health care for North Carolinians for as long as it takes to win.”
The lawsuit, if successful, would “rescind critical health care coverage protections for 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, including by allowing health insurance companies to deny individuals care or charge more based on their health status,” the press release states.
The ACA also serves a critical role in the health care industry. “Without the ACA, North Carolina hospitals could lose $22.7 billion over the next 10 years and North Carolina physicians could lose $8.7 billion,” the press release adds. The end of the ACA would also increase uncompensated care costs and force all premiums to increase.
Read the full press release from the NCDOJ.