Rep. Wild Condemns Administration’s Continued Lawsuit Assault on Pennsylvanians’ Health Care
WASHINGTON – Today, as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments in the Texas v. U.S. lawsuit to repeal the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) responded to Republicans’ latest efforts to strike down the protections for people with pre-existing conditions as well as every last benefit and protection provided by the Affordable Care Act. Wild highlighted the devastating impact that the GOP lawsuit could have on hard-working families throughout Pennsylvania and across the country.
“I believe in the core, moral principle that quality, affordable health care is the right of every child, woman, and man in our country, not a privilege for those fortunate enough to have it,” Wild said. “If this lawsuit is successful, Medicaid expansion, historic protections for people with pre-existing conditions, the ban on lifetime caps on coverage, and the rule allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they are 26 will all disappear along with it. As the Representative of a district with as many Republicans and Independents as Democrats, I can tell you; this is not a partisan issue. When my constituents gather around their kitchen tables, they are not talking about party or ideology, they’re talking about how they’re going to afford their premiums this month – they’re worried about the same unsustainable health care costs, gaps in coverage, and skyrocketing price of prescription drugs. Healthcare is still what I hear most about from my constituents because they are sick and tired of their healthcare being used as political football.”
Yesterday, Wild hosted a press conference with U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and participated in a call with Protect Our Care and Rep. Andy Kim (NJ-03) to address the devastating impact this lawsuit would have on hundreds of millions of Americans and 5.3 million Pennsylvanians. In May, Wild led a bipartisan amendment to stop the rising cost of premiums and with the support of 78 Republicans passed the House as a part H.R. 986, the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act. The Family Health Care Affordability Act, introduced by Wild in March as a key component to the Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Health Care More Affordable Act of 2019, addresses the “Family Glitch” loophole in current health care law that has prevented some workers from being able to expand their employer-provided health coverage to their families by disqualifying them from the subsidies they need to be able to afford coverage for their spouse and children. These continuous legislative initiatives are vital to the larger effort to strengthen the Affordable Care Act (ACA) protect people with pre-existing conditions, and take new measures to lower health insurance premiums for families.
If the Administration’s lawsuit is successful, the health and financial well-being of Pennsylvania families will be devastated by this reckless health care assault:
- 51,000 more uninsured people in the Seventh District of Pennsylvania
- 858,000 Pennsylvanians would lose coverage by repealing the ACA, leading to a 133% increase in the uninsured rate
- 89,000 Pennsylvania young adults could lose all health care coverage
- $4,000 in a new “Age Tax” that insurance companies could charge Pennsylvanians over the age of 50
- 800,900 Pennsylvanians enrolled through Medicaid Expansion could lose coverage
- 275,604 Pennsylvania seniors who could have to pay more for prescription drugs
- $1.8 billion in uncompensated care for rural Pennsylvania hospitals