Affordable Healthcare

Protect Our Health Care

If the ACA is repealed 153,000 Wisconsinites will lose coverageIf the Affordable Care Act is struck down, 153,000 people will lose coverage, and people with pre-existing conditions won’t be protected by Wisconsin laws.

State Legislature Must Take Action to Protect Health Coverage

According to reports from Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Supreme Court action invalidating the ACA is a clear and present danger in 2020. Therefore, it is critical that state lawmakers put the law’s critical consumer protection into state law by the end of the legislative session.

If the ACA was struck down the following provisions would be eliminated from federal law:

  • Guaranteeing coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions, an estimated 852,000 to 2.4 million Wisconsinites.
  • Free coverage of preventative care such as mammograms and colonoscopies for 2.8 million Wisconsinites.
  • Mental health parity.
  • Prohibition of gender discrimination in coverage and pricing.
  • Prohibition of age discrimination in pricing, the so-called “age tax.”
  • Prohibition of lifetime and annual care limits.
  • Protections against junk health care plans by requiring that all essential health benefits be covered.
  • Substance abuse coverage.
  • Resources and funds to hold insurance companies accountable to regulation.

We are urging lawmakers to create a plan, triggered by an adverse court decision striking down the ACA, to replace the marketplace plans for people who buy insurance on their own and the federal subsidies that make them more affordable.

From Bill Kaplan’s blog: “The GOP Health Care Time Bomb” (Aug. 5, 2019)

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been a huge success… (But) Republicans have refused to defend the ACA. Make no mistake: the Trump-GOP lawsuit is a ticking time bomb. Health care-legal expert Timothy Jost said: “There seems to be a real possibility … that the Fifth Circuit may affirm the lower court’s judgment (ACA is unconstitutional). It will then again be up to the Supreme Court to sort things out. … (This) will likely become a major issue in the 2020 election.”

Learn more about protecting the Affordable Care Act

What can I do?

Call Rep. Horlacher, Rep. Dittrich, Sen. Nass and Sen. Fitzgerald and tell them you want the Legislature to protect affordable health care and the ACA. Contact information for local representatives.