Senators ask for data on impact if ACA ends

    Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) wants the Trump Administration to produce data on what would happen if a pending lawsuit to throw out the Affordable Care Act is successful.

    The lawsuit brought by 20 Republican state attorneys general, Texas v United States, declares the ACA unconstitutional, and a lower court judge agreed in a December ruling. The case is now before the 5th Circuit federal appeals court.

    Although the U.S. government is officially the defendant in the case, the Justice Department under President Donald Trump declined to defend the ACA, instead siding with the plaintiffs seeking to throw it out.

    Tammy Baldwin

    Baldwin said Thursday she had signed on as one of 19 senators in a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is the lead author of the letter. 

    “Upending the current health care system will create an enormous hole in the pocketbooks of the people we serve as well as wreck state budgets; therefore, we ask for data to help states and Congress better understand the potential consequences of the position the Administration is taking in court,” the letter states.

    The letter says that throwing out the ACA would “overturn protections for people with pre-existing conditions, coverage for millions of Americans, and numerous other policies that help keep health care costs down for seniors, low-income families, and millions of others.”

    Erik Gunn
    Senior Reporter Erik Gunn reports and writes on work and the economy, along with related subjects, for the Wisconsin Examiner. He spent 24 years as a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine, Isthmus, The Progressive, BNA Inc., and other publications, winning awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, beat coverage, business writing, and commentary. An East Coast native, he previously covered labor for The Milwaukee Journal after reporting for newspapers in upstate New York and northern Illinois. He's a graduate of Beloit College (English Comp.) and the Columbia School of Journalism. Off hours he is the Examiner's resident Springsteen and Jackson Browne fanboy and model railroad nerd.

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