Matt Sinovic <firstname.lastname@example.org>
For Immediate Release: May 6, 2020
Contact: Matt Sinovic, (515) 423-0133
IA Attorney General Tom Miller, Dr. Glenn Hurst, and Debbie Koopman, a Resident of Cedar Rapids Warn of Disastrous Consequences of Texas Lawsuit to Overturn the ACA Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Call comes as Briefs Are Filed by the House and State AGs
(28 minutes, very interesting)
Des Moines, Iowa — Today, Protect Our Care Iowa and Progress Iowa were joined by Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, Dr. Glenn Hurst from Minden, and Debbie Koopman, a resident of Cedar Rapids on a press call to discuss the briefs filed in the Supreme Court by the House of Representatives and Democratic attorneys general opposing the lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act. Iowa Voices and Health Care Voter also co-hosted today’s call.
Attorney General Tom Miller has led the charge to protect Iowans’ health care from this lawsuit, for which oral arguments before the Supreme Court are expected in the fall of 2020. He and others described the consequences of the lawsuit for Iowans, particularly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“For people’s healthcare to be put in jeopardy during this time is as bad a time as you can imagine,” said Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. “I think that it’s really important that we join together as a group of states and DC to try to defeat this lawsuit which would have these enormous consequences.”
Dr. Hurst said, “Each point that [AG Tom Miller] brought up, brought the image of a personal case to my head. I can see a face on every single one of those issues, people who would lose their benefits from not being covered after age 26, people who would lose their benefits because of pre-existing conditions, people who would just never have access to care because they didn’t have an employer based plan to rely on.
While speaking about her daughter’s struggles with navigating access to health care as a young adult with chronic health issues, Debbie Koopman says, “It’s so important for these kids to know that they will have continuing care when they have pre-existing conditions. So, now with the pandemic, her current employer says that they will cover her health insurance until the end of the month.”
Reminder from the editor:
Also, you may have noted that this lawsuit has been pushed back to the next Supreme Court session with arguments to be heard in October. This is a consequence of the Republican packing of the SCOTUS, and the placement of justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh on the Court.
Moving the hearing back to October with the announcement of a verdict well after the election was deliberately done to shield the president and senators like Ernst from criticism for opposing the ACA during the election campaign. Taking health care away from millions (30?) of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iowans especially when the pandemic has shown how necessary some form of universal health care is.
The fact that the Court moved the date to protect the president and his Party should give a major indication of how this case will be decided. Also how cowardly the Republican Party is.