Arguments in a Texas lawsuit aimed at overturning the Affordable Care Act start Wednesday, and they could halt enforcement of the law before the case is even decided. The outcome of this case could be devastating for hundreds of millions of people in the United States-including the more than 133 million adults under age 65 who may have a pre-existing condition.
A similar percentage say they are concerned about what the nation as a whole spends on health care, with more than seven in 10 people saying they are anxious about increases in spending on government health insurance programs like Medicare and Medicaid, including 41 percent who say they're "very concerned" about those costs.
The administration has asked O'Connor for "summary judgment" - in effect to rule immediately on the constitutionality of the individual mandate and other issues, instead of granting a preliminary injunction. The Justice Department agrees that the individual mandate is rendered unconstitutional but argues that invalidates only the law's protections of those with pre-existing conditions. Dozens of conditions are considered pre-existing conditions, including Alzheimer's, arthritis, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, heart disease, kidney disease, mental health conditions (including depression), muscular dystrophy, and sleep apnea, to name a few. But the catch is that insurers could still refuse to cover certain medical conditions. About 130 million non-elderly people in the USA have pre-existing conditions, and before the ACA, insurers could deny coverage to people for conditions including high cholesterol, cancer, and asthma.
Protections for people with pre-existing conditions are increasingly popular.
"Four in 10 Americans (41%) say they are "very worried" that they or a family member will lose coverage if the Supreme Court overturns the ACA's pre-existing condition protections", Kaiser said in releasing the poll.
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The poll finds corruption in Washington, health care and the economy and jobs are what voters want to hear candidates discuss on the campaign trail ahead of November's midterm election. And the upcoming case as well as the broad popularity of the ACA has evidently made some Republicans increasingly uneasy. The bill by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell), which would have designated paid "conversion therapy" services as a fraudulent business practice under the state's consumer protection law, easily cleared prior legislative hurdles thanks to large Democratic majorities in both chambers, as well as a handful of Republican votes. This bill aligns with an emerging trend among some Republican candidates to come out in support of pre-existing conditions protections. In that vein, the bill would preserve this very popular provision of the ACA.
For example, an individual with muscular dystrophy may need a power wheelchair that can cost as much as $55,000. Although their health insurance provider would be required to provide them with a health insurance policy, the provider would be permitted to deny them coverage of this important piece of durable medical equipment. In other words, the insurer would not have to cover something critical to their functioning, rendering the insurance policy essentially useless. It would prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage or charging more for it based on someone's health status. More Latinos of Mexican heritage in California reported having health insurance and a usual source of care compared to other Latinos after the health care law's major provisions were implemented than before these provisions were put into place, according to a new study led by a researcher at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. But even if the lawsuit does not undercut the ACA, the law is far from safe.
Some legal experts say the challenge is unlikely to survive on appeal, yet it seeped into Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Mr. Trump's pick for the Supreme Court. On Capitol Hill, Democrats sought to tie the Texas case into the fight over whether Kavanaugh should serve on the Supreme Court. The judge has previously blocked Obama-era efforts to extend medical leave protections to same-sex couples and to include gender-identity discrimination as a form of sex discrimination under the health law.