Hunter Railey: Support Affordable Care Act for sake of small businesses

Maricruz Casares
Julio 29, 2018

The rule accomplishes this objective by permitting a broad range of associations to offer health plans that do not have to comply with various Affordable Care Act protections.

Bastian said Trump's administration joined Attorney General Josh Hawley's lawsuit, which would end protections for over 2.5 million Missourians who have a pre-existing conditions and let insurance companies discriminate against people who have diabetes, arthritis and asthma.

Filed just yesterday, the lawsuit is looking to stop legislation finalized earlier this year by the Trump administration that would allow small businesses to purchase insurance as a group.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Washington, D.C. alleges the Department of Labor violated the Administrative Procedures Act when it promoted the rule. In addition, the attorneys general said the rule violates the ACA, ERISA and case law by letting self-employed individuals with no other employees participate in association plans, putting their health and financial security at risk.

Attorney General Becerra joined a coalition of Attorneys General in March in sending a letter opposing the proposed rule because it would leave vulnerable consumers at risk.

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"Worse yet, health plans created under the final rule would lack basic market incentives and statutory protections under federal law that apply to plans from true large employers", the lawsuit continued. "As the President continues to do all he can to make Americans uninsured and unhealthy again, we in California will continue to fight for affordable, quality care for all".

"The U.S. Department of Labor's rule illegally bolstering association health plans jeopardizes health insurance exchanges around the country, including here in Washington State". This is yet another attempt by the Trump Administration to sabotage the Affordable Care Act.

"The Affordable Care Act is the law, and I'm acting to enforce the law and ensure that Pennsylvanians and Americans can continue relying on it for safe, affordable health care for themselves and their families", Shapiro said.

"President Donald J. Trump is expanding affordable health coverage options for America's small businesses and their employees". Roy Blunt, U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler, Boone County Republicans and the Missouri Republican Party, but did not get a response.

Aside from NY and MA, the other states signing onto the lawsuit are California, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, Virginia and Washington.

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