Health Care For All’s Statement regarding today’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
"Health Care For All is deeply concerned about the ruling announced tonight by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This decision puts access to health insurance and needed health services at risk for millions of Americans, including hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents.”
“We are disappointed with the ruling to strike down the individual mandate, a mechanism we have had in place in the Commonwealth for 12 years. We believe this component of the law is necessary to make health reform work and maintain health coverage gains. In addition, the court’s decision to leave the determination about whether the rest of the law should remain in play to a lower court that has already ruled that the ACA is unconstitutional is like leaving a wolf to guard the hen house
“It is time to stop using the ACA as a political punching bag as too much is at risk. In fact, a report released this week by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation concludes that if the law were deemed unconstitutional, the uninsurance rate in the state would climb from 3.5% to 10.2% and we would lose $2.4 billion in federal health care spending per year. But that is not all, as federal subsidies and important consumer protections would also go away.
“By dragging this lawsuit on for longer, it leaves millions hanging in uncertainty. We all must come together to stand up, and protect the coverage and care we have fought so hard for here in Massachusetts.”