Republicans will be in court tomorrow arguing “protections for people with preexisting conditions and other regulations — should be nullified.” Here’s why it’s creating “political havoc for GOP”:
1. Every Republican Senator voted for the GOP tax bill that “sparked” this lawsuit.
The GOP tax bill was more than just a “lopsided giveaway to corporations” — it also provided the legal framework for Republicans to file their lawsuit. Despite knowing the risk to protections for pre-existing condition coverage and other benefits, like maternity care and allowing kids to remain on their parents’ insurance until age 26, Republicans defend their vote. Senator Susan Collins wrote about the tax law: “Let me be clear I… would support it again today.”
2. The GOP lawsuit also threatens employer-provided plans.
The Wall Street Journal has reported on how the lawsuit would impact Americans who receive insurance coverage through their employers:
3. Vulnerable GOP incumbents aren’t taking action to stop the lawsuit.
Given that Senate Republicans “remain on the defensive” on health care, you would expect vulnerable incumbents running for re-election this cycle would want to distance themselves from the lawsuit. Instead, they have dodged and failed to take any action:
They won’t even allow a study to determine what the impact of the lawsuit would be on states: Senator Collins was the deciding vote against requiring the Trump administration to disclose the lawsuit’s effects.
Bottom line: The Republican lawsuit to tear down the health care law and the protections that come with it is another liability for vulnerable Senate GOP incumbents who are already struggling to defend their toxic health care records.