After the first day of oral arguments in the Republican lawsuit to eliminate pre-existing conditions, reports confirm that the GOP arguments centered on stripping away key consumer protections and that the lawsuit poses a “serious threat” to Americans’ coverage. A poll released yesterday by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 75 percent of Americans believe it is “very important” to protect coverage for pre-existing conditions.
“Republican Senate candidates are on the wrong side of voters and this lawsuit shines a spotlight both on the harm they’re causing families and on a major liability just weeks away from the midterm elections,” said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman David Bergstein. “By suing to end protections for pre-existing conditions coverage, candidates like Josh Hawley and Patrick Morrisey have shown how far they’ll go to serve the special interests at the expense of their constituents. By supporting the lawsuit, candidates like Kevin Cramer and Mike Braun have shown they’ll stand by their political party even if it’s wrong for their states. By refusing to oppose, candidates like Martha McSally and Rick Scott show they can’t be trusted to stand up for voters. In November, Senate Republicans and their candidates will be held accountable for their records of trying to take away these core protections.”
See our full recap of what you need to know about the lawsuit.
Bloomberg: Anti-Obamacare Lawsuit Puts GOP on Defensive Before Elections.
The Hill: “The midterm fight over pre-existing conditions will be in the spotlight.
TPM: Anti-Obamacare Lawsuit Threatens to Drag Down GOP In the Midterm.
Politico: Red states take Obamacare back to court, picking up where Congress left off.
New York Times: The New Obamacare Lawsuit Could Undo Far More Than Protections for Pre-existing Conditions
Wall Street Journal: Get Health Coverage at Work? Lawsuit Against ACA Could Affect You, Too
The Washington Post: Republicans are running the ‘repeal and replace’ scam all over again
HuffPost: GOP Senate Candidates Are Scrambling To Rewrite Their Record On Pre-Existing Conditions
The Hill: Patient groups say GOP bill on pre-existing conditions is insufficient.
Vox: The clearest sign yet that Republicans are really worried about the new Obamacare
Los Angeles Times: The GOP claims its proposal would protect people with preexisting conditions. That’s a lie