The Texas lawsuit that Attorney General Marty Jackley is backing to trash health insurance for millions of Americans is getting all sorts of negative attention. In this August 29 article, the Commonwealth Fund says this Trump-backed lawsuit seeking repeal of the Affordable Care Act would take health insurance away from 17 million Americans. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, returning to pre-ACA rules could result in private insurers denying coverage to 52 million Americans between ages 18 and 64.
ProtectOurCare.org lists the amici curiae on both sides of the Texas lawsuit. While A.G. Jackley is throwing in with Trump, Citizens United, and the Gun Owners of America (that’s odd: you’d think gun owners would want to have good health insurance), the opponents of this reckless, partisan lawsuit include the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, the Catholic Health Association of the United States, AARP, SEIU, and the Small Business Majority Foundation.
By attacking the ACA, the Jackley/Trump corporate-fascist gun whackos are also attacking Grandma. We mustn’t forget that the pretty good idea that Barack Obama borrowed from Mitt Romney also includes a whole bunch of reforms and cost-savings in Medicare. If Jackley has his way and Texas prevails, Medicare will face $350 billion in higher costs over ten years coupled with a loss of revenue for the trust funds to keep the program solvent. Plus, seniors will lose some coverage for preventive services.
Taking insurance away from millions of Americans and weakening Medicare don’t sound like winning campaign issues to me. It’s a good thing Marty lost the primary so he can focus his last months in office on such losing arguments.