Confronting the pandemic, Trump acts.
Trump’s lawyers today are expected to file a legal brief urging the Supreme Court to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act, even as coronavirus cases climb across the U.S. and soaring unemployment forces millions off employer-based health plans.
First, shame on our national union leaders who have opposed national health care while defending employer provided health insurance.
The millions who have lost their jobs since the start of the pandemic and have lost their health insurance can ask these union misleaders, “What the hell are you thinking?”
For those who still have a job, how confident are you about your health insurance right now?
If Trump gets his way with just five justices, say goodbye to coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, treatment for COVID related expenses or drug coverage.
Even Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) — who has cast 20 votes to block, repeal or defund the law and been described as “ObamaCare repeal’s top salesman” — encouraged Americans who have recently lost job-based health care to enroll in the program.
“The good news is that if you lose your employer-provided coverage, which covers about 180 million Americans, then that is a significant life event, which makes you then eligible to sign up for the Affordable Care Act — and as you know, it has a sliding scale of subsidies up to 400 percent of poverty,” Cornyn, who is up for reelection this year, told PBS Austin last month in an interview.
A spokesman for Cornyn would not say if the Texas senator still supported repeal or the ObamaCare legal challenge.
Andy Slavitt regularly Tweets on the pandemic and was a leader in the Obama administration on health care issues.
There is a better scenario:
Trump loses in November, the Republicans lose the Senate and Democrats hold the House.
ACA gets replaced by national health care and Joe Biden changes his mind about his promise to veto Medicare for All.
Union misleaders wake up to the foolishness of their advocacy of employer provided health care and support a system where the requirement for coverage isn’t employment, but existence.
Because I have no confidence that a majority of the Court will defy Trump.
So I’m hoping for the other story.
Or am I dreaming?