With a looming court case threatening the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and health care access for millions of Americans, Ohio Senate Democrats today introduced a resolution reiterating their support of the landmark federal law.
“Make no mistake, if the Affordable Care Act is overturned, it would destroy our health care system and leave millions of Americans without coverage,” said Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights). “This goes much further than politics; this case has real life and death consequences. As the Texas case moves forward, Ohio Senate Democrats stand firm in our support of the ACA and affordable, accessible health care.”
Today, a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals panel will begin hearing oral arguments on a legal challenge to the ACA, Texas v. United States. Twenty states are seeking to overturn the law that helped more than 20 million Americans gain health care coverage.
Overturning the ACA would have dire consequences for Americans’ health. The ACA has protected more than 130 million people with preexisting conditions, eliminated lifetime caps on coverage and extended health care access to 17 million Americans through Medicaid expansion. In Ohio, more than 1.26 million people have received coverage through Medicaid expansion since its implementation in 2014.
The Fifth Circuit panel is expected to rule on the case this summer. If it is appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, it could be heard as early as 2020. The high court has upheld the federal health care law twice.