María R. González Albuixech
"Health Care For All condemns the concerted effort of the Trump Administration and conservative allies to take away coverage from millions of Americans during a global pandemic. Today, in an unconscionable act, the Federal Government and Republican Leaders in 18 states filed opening briefs with the Supreme Court for a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
"In the last four months, a highly infectious virus has taken over 120,000 lives and infected almost two and a half million people in the United States. Many of these individuals have required access to not only testing and treatment but also hospitalizations and even critical care. The Trump Administration, instead of reversing course and protecting access to coverage and care in an attempt to weather a storm of this magnitude, is pushing to end protections that are now more critical than ever.
"Health Care For All strongly believes this is not the time to play dangerous political games that can risk peoples' lives by potentially taking away coverage from 23 million people nationwide, including hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents. More the opposite, it is the time to strengthen protections and increase access as we prepare for a possible second wave of the pandemic. That is the important message the U.S. House of Representatives delivered yesterday by filing the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Enhancement Act, which includes provisions to expand coverage and affordability under the ACA. Health Care For All appreciates the leadership showed by House members, and in particular by the Massachusetts congressional delegation, as part of this effort.
"Health care For All is also encouraged to see the support of our Attorney General and state policymakers in the quest to defend the ACA and protect access to benefits in Massachusetts. Health Care For All particularly appreciates the commitment of the Massachusetts Health Connector and the decision announced this week to extend once again the Special Enrollment Period through July 23rd to help people enroll in coverage if they find themselves uninsured during these unprecedented times."