SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced June 14 that his office’s opposition to Texas and 19 other states’ motion to stop the Affordable Care Act has received support in the form of amicus briefs from a diverse group of patient groups, legal experts, economists, medical associations and public health experts.
Texas has sued the federal government in an effort to take down the Affordable Care Act nationwide, which Becerra says would threaten health care coverage for 20 million Americans, including 5 million in California. Additionally, Becerra alleges terminating the Affordable Care Act could end the legal protections for pre-existing health conditions of roughly 133 million Americans. This would allow health insurance companies to cancel or deny them health insurance.
“The commander in chief of the United States has gone AWOL in his duty to protect Americans’ healthcare," Beccera said in a statement. "Since the Trump administration refuses to defend the ACA, a coalition of states led by California has stepped up to protect the millions of Americans whose health care is at risk due to this reckless lawsuit. Our coalition of states and partners across the country will vigorously fight against those who try to dismantle our health care system.”