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June 25, 2020 –
Today, briefs were filed by the plaintiffs in the ACA Repeal Lawsuit (California v. Texas), advancing a dangerous lawsuit that if successful, would take health care coverage from those in our state who need it most, including cancer survivors, people with diabetes, and people with substance use disorders. The lawsuit was brought by 17 attorneys general, including the Attorney General of Tennessee, and three governors in yet another attempt to gut the law in the wake of Congress’s failure to repeal it.
At least 526,000 Tennesseans would lose health insurance immediately if the ACA is repealed, including 221,533 Tennesseans who are insured through the federal Marketplace, 47,000 young adults up to age 26 who are on their parents’ insurance, and former foster children under age 26. We expect even more Tennesseans will be negatively affected by the ACA repeal due to unemployment skyrocketing because of the pandemic and loss of employer-sponsored insurance. Such a decision would threaten coverage for women, older adults, and people with pre-existing conditions. 2,718,800 (40%) of Tennesseans have a pre-existing condition, including 355,200 Tennessee children, 1,382,000 Tennessee women, and 630,100 Tennesseans between ages 55 and 64, whose future who would be jeopardized if the ACA was repealed.