FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 6, 2019
SALT LAKE-- Local health care advocates will unite on Thursday, May 9th, to send a message to Attorney General Reyes: Drop out of the legal challenge against the Affordable Care Act. Stand with your constituents. Don't take away our care.
Last week the Trump administration - backed by Utah's Attorney General, Sean Reyes - took
forward in their effort to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act through the courts after failing to do so through Congress.
Texas vs Azar
is a lawsuit on its way to
the ACA without any sort of backup plan or replacement. 102,000 Utahns would lose coverage by repealing the Affordable Care Act, leading to a 27 percent increase in the uninsured rate. Another 1,221,000 Utahns have a pre-existing condition, including 218,300 Utah children, 673,000 Utah women, and 221,100 Utahns between ages 55 and 64- and they could all lose or be priced out of their coverage.
Additionally, every single Utahn with health insurance is currently protected by countless provisions in the ACA-- and those would all vanish, ripping the rug out from our entire health care system.
Event organizer, and UHPP board member, Paul Gibbs said of the Texas vs Azar case, "Taking away the Affordable Care Act would have a devastating effect on families like mine that depend on protections for pre-existing conditions like my transplanted kidney. And aside from that, and wiping out coverage for millions of people on the insurance exchanges and expanded Medicaid, it would have an impact on all Americans by upending our whole healthcare system. And there's no replacement ready to to take its place."