Sen. Tom Carper Meets With Locals to Bring Attention to Trump-Backed ACA Lawsuit
DOVER, Del. – On Monday afternoon Delaware Democratic Senator Tom Carper held a meeting with local health officials to alert Delawareans of the Texas v United States case which he says would be the final death knell for the Affordable Care Act.
Carper along with the Delaware insurance commissioner told locals that the Trump Administration’s efforts to dismantle the ACA would be deadly.
“The ACA is so intertwined in healthcare the way it’s been for several years now to extract it, people will die,” Trinidad Navarro, the Delaware insurance commissioner said. “I don’t even want to consider what would happen to people like our own loved ones, our elderly, our children.”
If the ACA is repealed, Senator Tom Carper’s office says:
- “28,000 Delawareans would lose their coverage which would increase the uninsured rate by 42 percent
- 7,000 young adults who are still on their parents coverage would lose their care
- Insurance companies would be in charge and 389,100 Delawareans with pre-existing conditions would no longer be protected
- 417,265 Delawareans could have to pay for preventative care
- 17,549 Delawareans would pay more for coverage in the marketplaces
- 23,485 Delaware seniors could have to pay more for prescription drugs
- Delaware hospitals would be left with $122 million more in uncompensated care
- Access to treatment for opioid use disorders would be in jeopardy.”
“Before the ACA, 40-50 million people’s only access to care was emergency rooms of hospitals, the ACA was implemented to avoid people going to hospitals for primary care,” Sen. Carper said.
But the plaintiff’s of the case argue that millions of Americans have lost their chosen physicians and their affordable health insurance while facing huge deductibles and back-breaking premiums which they say is now more expensive.
While rates did go up over the last several years, this year Delawareans had about a 5 percent decrease in premiums.
“Last year there was a 3 percent increase and this year there was a decrease, so the market is stabilizing and now is not the time to dismantle the ACA, now is the time to build on the success, Navarro said.
The reason the case has moved forward in spite of the 2012 ruling in which upheld the ACA as constitutional under congress’s ability to tax is because of President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax cut. In the legislation, it reduced the individual mandate penalty to zero which makes the argument Chief Justice John Roberts made non-applicable if they looked at the case today according to the Texas Public Policy Foundation.