In Midst of Coronavirus Outbreak, Arguments Filed in GOP-Backed Lawsuit to Gut Health Care Protections for Millions

May 6, 2020

Supreme Court receives written arguments on GOP-backed lawsuit that could completely overturn the health care law with support of Georgia Republican Senate contenders

ATLANTA — Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler along with Congressman Doug Collins are all still standing behind the GOP-backed anti-health care lawsuit today as written arguments are filed with the Supreme Court. This lawsuit is just Republicans’ latest play to overturn the entire health care law, which would end its critical protections for 1.8 million Georgians with pre-existing conditions.

What does this dangerous lawsuit mean for Georgians’ access to care in the middle of a global pandemic?

Perdue has already said that he “of course” supports this reckless lawsuit, and he and Collins have both repeatedly voted in support of gutting the health care law and undermining its protections for those with pre-existing conditions. Loeffler, meanwhile, has pledged to stand with the White House and Senate Republicans “100%” as she desperately tries to hold off top Trump ally Collins in their “brutal Republican-on-Republican fight” — even if Republicans continue “breaking ranks” to support Collins anyway.

And as Republicans continue trying to do through the courts what they couldn’t pass through Congress, they’re also refusing to reopen the health care exchanges even as millions of Americans lose their jobs as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Instead, Georgia Republicans backed Governor* Brian Kemp’s “reckless” and unpopular plan to force Georgia to reopen against the advice of public health experts, putting Georgians’ lives at risk.

“In the middle of this public health crisis, the last thing Georgia families should have to worry about is losing their health care as a result of a reckless partisan lawsuit,” said Alex Floyd, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “It’s disgraceful that Georgia’s Republican Senate contenders are choosing to play politics with health care protections for 1.8 million Georgians with pre-existing conditions, and yet another example of them choosing Washington leaders and special interest backers over Georgia families.”


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