When COVID-19 hit the U.S., Trump and the Republicans might have withdrawn their lawsuit. Taking healthcare away from hundreds of thousands of Individuals is a foul thought anytime, however it may be lethal throughout a pandemic, as many Individuals lose entry to care as they lose their jobs. However they didn’t withdraw it. As an alternative, they pressed ahead with the lawsuit, whereas persevering with to make it tough for Individuals to get lined by way of the ACA.
When it was clear the pandemic would shut down the nation, a dozen states that function their very own medical health insurance exchanges, together with Connecticut, held particular enrollment intervals to permit folks to get lined. Well being insurers, governors and congressional leaders urged the Trump administration for a nationwide particular enrollment interval, however it refused.
This pandemic has made it clear simply how a lot we want the Inexpensive Care Act. For the hundreds of thousands who misplaced their jobs and employer-provided insurance coverage, the ACA has been a lifeline that enables them to seek out protection and get monetary subsidies to scale back the price of their premiums. For the hundreds of thousands of people that have examined optimistic for COVID-19, provisions written into the legislation assure that their plan will cowl testing, hospital care and emergency providers. And for individuals who get sick from COVID-19, the ACA ensures that their well being insurer can not jack up the worth they pay merely due to this preexisting situation.
There has by no means been a extra essential time to guard and increase Individuals’ healthcare. And there has by no means been a worse time to tear it away. However that’s precisely what Trump and Republicans are attempting to do on the Supreme Court docket. We will’t allow them to get away with it.