This afternoon oral arguments in the Trump-Morrisey fueled Republican attempt to overturn our health care law will begin in a federal appeals court in New Orleans.
Protections for as many as 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions & that includes 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions could be gone. The uninsured rate would rise nationally by 65% & prescription drug prices would rise for seniors. If the Medicaid expansion is dismantled, West Virginians who battle opioid addiction could lose treatment options & families could lose their healthcare coverage altogether.
Below are some of the health care protections that are on the line if Patrick Morrisey & Donald Trump are successful.
GONE: Protections for as many as 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions. The uninsured rate will increase by 65 percent.
GONE: Medicaid expansion, which covers 17 million Americans.
GONE: More than 5 million seniors each year will have to pay more for prescription drugs because the Medicare ‘donut hole’ will be reopened.
GONE: About 2 million adult children will no longer be able to stay on their parents’ insurance.
GONE: Insurance companies will be able to charge women 50 percent more than men.
GONE: Financial assistance that helps 9 million Americans purchase health care in the marketplace.
GONE: Key support for rural hospitals. As Americans lose coverage, already struggling hospitals will be hit even harder as their costs increase.
GONE: Ban on insurance companies having lifetime caps on coverage.
GONE: Requirements that insurance companies cover prescription drugs and maternity care.
Trump and Morrisey campaigned on health care promises to West Virginians that they are breaking.
Trump promised he would put a stop to rising health care costs and even reduce them — but his lawsuit would raise out-of-pocket costs for premiums and prescription drugs.
Trump promised to support pre-existing condition protections and said that costs for people with pre-existing conditions would be “much lower” under his leadership — but his lawsuit would end these vital protections.
Trump promised to protect Medicaid — but his lawsuit would end access to Medicaid for millions of Americans.