New data from the Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that nearly 27 million Americans are without health insurance after a job loss, another staggering number that underscores how President Trump and Republicans in the Senate – working “hand in glove” – have failed in the response to this pandemic.
As those without insurance scramble for coverage, Republicans are making it harder: their lawsuit to end the Affordable Care Act would gut protections for pre-existing conditions coverage and reverse Medicaid expansion that many are now eligible for and will rely on to avoid any coverage gap. Even now, in the middle of a pandemic, not one Republican senator has taken meaningful steps to stop the GOP’s lawsuit to end the ACA.
Republicans are also making it more difficult for newly-unemployed and uninsured Americans to get coverage. GOP senators have refused to take action to challenge the Trump administration’s decision to keep ACA special enrollment closed.
“The president said what Republicans stand for, and that is to ‘terminate health care,’” said DSCC spokesperson Stewart Boss. “Republicans in the Senate have voted to repeal the health care law, tear down pre-existing conditions and are now making it harder for those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic to get the coverage they’ve lost. Voters will remember how Republicans continued to target their health care even in the middle of a public health and economic crisis.”
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