Press Statement from Amy Rosenthal, Executive Director of Health Care For All, About the Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Of the United States And The Impact on Health Care Access for Massachusetts Consumers

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Boston. - "As the country continues to mourn the recent loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Trump Administration has ignored public opinion and rushed to confirm a new justice. This decision is extremely concerning to Health Care For All, as the Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in a case that will determine the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) just days after the election. 


"Judge Amy Coney Barrett has a long history of rulings against the ACA and is expected to side with the sitting conservative justices in key decisions. Her appointment to the highest court places access to health coverage and care at risk for millions of Americans. Simply put, Trump's pick is a reckless decision in the worst time possible, as the nation fights a pandemic that has taken over 200,000 lives nationwide, disproportionately impacting Black, Indigenous and People of Color.


"Health Care For All is especially concerned about the impact of the impending Supreme Court decision for Massachusetts residents. The ACA has been instrumental in building on the progress of our state health reform law by providing new subsidies and consumer protections. It allowed young adults to stay on their parents' insurance until age 26; provided access to preventive services at no cost; opened the door for over 300,000 residents to enroll into comprehensive coverage through Medicaid expansion and 200,000 people to qualify for tax credits through the Health Connector; started the process to close the Medicare donut hole, making prescription drugs more affordable for seniors; and eliminated lifetime caps on coverage, among many other benefits.


"If the ACA is invalidated, Massachusetts cannot just return to the protections and subsidies available through Chapter 58, as our state health reform law depended on a partnership with the federal government. We are proud that stakeholders in the state - consumer advocates, policymakers, insurers, hospitals, providers, and businesses - came together to create a "culture of coverage" in the Commonwealth and remain committed to ensuring access to quality and affordable care for our residents. However, without the ACA, it would be incredibly challenging for Massachusetts to maintain the levels of health coverage we have today.


"Despite all this, we remain hopeful that the Supreme Court will understand how many lives are at stake and dismiss the arguments challenging the constitutionality of the ACA. We are further encouraged by the support and leadership of our state and federal leaders who are committed to ensuring the ACA remains the law of the land."