In The Battlegrounds: Democrats Slam Trump’s Broken Promises on Health Care as SCOTUS Case Attacking ACA Moves Forward

On the deadline for opening briefs in California v. Texas, Democrats across the battlegrounds slammed Trump and the GOP for their health care agenda that is spiking costs and  jeopardizing coverage protections for people with pre-existing conditions — even in the midst of a pandemic. Take a look:

Arizona Democrats: “‘Consistently devoid of common sense, Trump is doing the opposite of what he should be doing during a health crisis. At a time when a virus is running rampant, President Trump is working to undermine the Affordable Care Act and block special enrollment periods,’ said Matt Grodsky Arizona Democratic Party spokesman, ‘A President’s first job is to protect the American people, not inflict more pain. Arizonans are ready for new, competent leadership.’”

Colorado Democrats: “The Affordable Care Act has ensured that hundreds of thousands of Coloradans have health care coverage during the coronavirus pandemic, while providing protections for pre-existing conditions and mental health care. Today is an unfortunate milestone in Senator Gardner, Trump, and the GOP’s reckless attempts to gut protections for Coloradans with pre-existing conditions.”

Florida Democrats: “As we have witnessed directly, Donald Trump cannot be trusted with our health care. His response to the coronavirus pandemic has ranged from negligent to chaotic — and we truly cannot afford another four years of his erratic leadership, especially when it jeopardizes our health and safety.”

Georgia Democrats: “Thousands of Georgians have lost their jobs and their health insurance thanks to Trump’s mishandling of this pandemic, but Republicans are still doubling down on their dangerous lawsuit to repeal millions of Americans’ health care coverage,” said Maggie Chambers, spokeswoman for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “The Affordable Care Act is one of our most critical tools to protect Georgians from the consequences of COVID-19 — ripping apart its protections when Georgians need it most is dangerous for public health and downright cruel.”

Maine Democrats: “‘When the Supreme Court hears this case, there will likely be no vaccine and no viable treatment for the coronavirus, and yet Trump and Washington Republicans are plowing ahead with their lawsuit to take away health care from tens of thousands of Mainers,’ said Lisa Roberts, Executive Director of the Maine Democratic Party. ‘There has never been a more important time to protect and expand health care coverage, and there’s never been a worse time to rip it away. This Trump-Republican lawsuit is not only cruel, it would be disastrous for Mainers at a time when we need health care the most.’”

Michigan Democrats: “‘There’s never been a more important time to protect Michiganders’ health care, and never been a worse time to rip it away,’ said Attorney General Dana Nessel. ‘That’s why I’m fighting Donald Trump and Republicans’ reckless attacks on the Affordable Care Act that would gut protections for pre-existing conditions and strip Michiganders of critical health care. I will continue standing with Democratic Attorneys General, Governor Whitmer, and Senators Peters and Stabenow to ensure Michiganders have access to health care, even as Republicans callously work to take it away.’”

Nevada Democrats: “As a candidate, Donald Trump promised to ‘save’ health care for every Nevada family. Three and a half years later and in the midst of a global pandemic, he and the Republican Party are instead waging a ruthless campaign to threaten working families’ health coverage, spike health care costs, and undermine protections for Nevadans with preexisting conditions. Nevadans saw through Trump’s empty rhetoric in 2016, and this November, we’re putting an end to his failed legacy of broken promises.”

New Hampshire Democrats: “‘In the middle of the worst ever global health crisis, Trump and his allies are suing to kick tens of thousands of Granite Staters off their health care and end protection for 572,000 with pre-existing conditions,’ said NHDP spokesman Josh Marcus-Blank.”

Ohio Democrats: “‘Since Donald Trump came into office, Ohio’s uninsured rate has gone up, and the number of uninsured Ohio kids has surged, and that was before the coronavirus crisis hit our shores,’ said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. ‘Trump and the GOP have never had a plan for health care — this lawsuit is the Republican plan. Even after 70,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and more than one million cases have been confirmed, Republicans will not stop in pursuit of their goal of overturning the Affordable Care Act and taking away coverage from millions of Americans.’”

Pennsylvania Democrats: “The Trump administration’s lawsuit makes clear that Donald Trump and his allies are more interested in scoring political points than protecting the health and safety of Pennsylvania families. If Trump gets his way, protections for people with pre-existing conditions could be ripped away from over 5.3 million Pennsylvanians and another 850,000 could lose health care coverage altogether. As we suffer through the worst public health crisis in generations, the President should be making it easier to access care, not harder. This reckless, ineffective leadership puts everyday families at risk. That’s why we need to elect Joe Biden to the White House in November and stop these attacks on our care.”

Texas Democrats: “We should be fighting to protect and expand healthcare for all, not cutting off access for millions of people. Texas already ranks dead last in healthcare coverage. From pre-existing conditions protections to lowering prescription drug prices, we need a healthcare system that prioritizes the health of working-class families. Healthcare is a basic human right. Texas Democrats will continue to fight relentlessly for Texas families.”

Virginia Democrats: Senator Mark Warner: “Virginians with pre-existing conditions — and their loved ones — should not have to live in fear of their health coverage being taken away by President Trump. The Trump Administration continues to pursue a lawsuit that will rip protections away from millions of Americans without any viable plan to make sure people can get the health coverage they need.”

Wisconsin Democrats: Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul: “Today is a really significant day. One of the leaders of the lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act had been my predecessor, Brad Schimel. Ultimately, the people of Wisconsin weighed in on this issue…and they elected Governor Evers and me….Wisconsin is no longer part of that challenge to the Affordable Care Act. It’s a suit that should not succeed and no state should be a part of. If this suit is successful, millions of Americans will lose access to health insurance coverage. We need more resources for our medical system, and it’s one of the reasons why expanding Medicaid now is critical for the state of Wisconsin. Frankly, I think it’s very troubling that this suit is going forward during a pandemic.”