For Immediate Release: May 13, 2020
Contact: Matt Sinovic, (515) 423-0133
Des Moines, Iowa —
A new study out today from the Kaiser Family Foundation determined that 27 million Americans have likely lost their health care since the start of the coronavirus crisis. That number, on top of millions of Americans already uninsured creates a dangerous situation for the country reeling from a global pandemic. Kaiser concluded that more than 20 million of those newly-uninsured individuals are eligible for coverage under the ACA or Medicaid. But if the Trump-Republican lawsuit currently before the Supreme Court to overturn the ACA is successful, those 20 million uninsured will no longer have access to ACA subsidies or coverage under Medicaid expansion. In response to this new study, Matt Sinovic, the executive director of Progress Iowa and Protect Our Care Iowa, issued the following statement:
“While President Trump goes to court to ‘terminate’ health care for millions of Americans, millions more have already lost their coverage due to the economic impacts of coronavirus. The Kaiser Family Foundation determined that 27 million Americans likely lost their health care on top of the estimated 28 million already uninsured, potentially leaving 55 million Americans without coverage in the middle of this health crisis. Of the 27 million losing coverage, roughly 20 million are eligible for ACA subsidized insurance either because they live in a state that has expanded Medicaid or are eligible for financial assistance on the exchange. The Trump-Republican lawsuit to overturn the ACA would wipe out all of that, leaving millions without access to coverage when they need it most. It’s mind-boggling that Trump and the Republicans are persisting in their effort to strip Americans of health care coverage during the country’s most devastating public health emergency in a century.”
Progress Iowa is a multi-issue progressive advocacy organization with a network of more than 75,000 progressives. Year-round, Progress Iowa advocates for a stronger middle class, first-class public education, and fairness for all Iowans under the law.
Matt Sinovic (he/his)
Executive Director | Progress Iowa
515.423.0133 | @ProgressIowa
I can not for the life of me understand why the administration would want to do something like this, especially at a time like now when being able to access health care is so critical. Their hate for most of our citizenry is unfathomable.
If the Republicans are successful in their lawsuit to end Obamacare next fall – and if you didn’t know the SCOTUS has delayed hearings on this case until October so that it will be low profile during the election with a decision probably after the inauguration of the new president – that would be another @30 million who would lose their health care in one day. Add that to the 55 million who have already lost health insurance. That is 85 million.
People without health insurance will probably never be able to pay huge hospital bills. This deprives the hospitals of money to grow and adapt. Hospitals will have to cover their bills somehow, so they will have to charge those who can pay more. That means that you and I will be paying more for our insurance.
Those potential huge bills will also keep people from doing things like creating new businesses and buying consumer goods and houses. Both of those are long term detriments to our economy.
There is also another really bad effect on society when people do not have access to health care. That is that people without insurance will not seek out health care when they are sick. Thus instead of being treated and perhaps quit spreading whatever disease they have (say Covid-19) instead they will be among us all spreading their disease.
That last point is the reason I have been for a universal health care since I was a little boy. When someone is sick, I want them to get to a doctor and get it taken care of before they give it to me. As we have found out this year, one person’s cold could be another person’s death sentence.