ACA lawsuit could jeopardize 52 million Americans’ access to health care

June 8, 2018, The Washington Post, Carolyn Y. Johnson- An obscure district court lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act became a potent threat to one of the law’s most popular provisions late Thursday when the Justice Department filed a brief arguing that as of Jan. 1, 2019, the protections for people with preexisting conditions should be invalidated.  The Justice Department argued the judge should strike down the section of the law that protects people from buying insurance from being charged higher premiums because of their health history. The news rallied defenders of the law into action and raised questions among legal scholars about the likelihood it would succeed. Andy Slavitt, who led the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Obama, called the action “the biggest health care news of the year” on Twitter. According to a 2016 analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation, approximately 52 million Americans under the age of 65 could find their access to health insurance at risk because of a wide range of preexisting conditions, from diabetes to cancer to pregnancy.

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