WISCONSIN — Today, Protect Our Care Wisconsin was joined by Attorney General Josh Kaul and Twin Lakes, Wisconsin resident Zena Blom on a Zoom press conference to discuss the latest steps in Trump’s disastrous lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act and amicus brief filed to the Supreme Court on Wednesday by the state of Wisconsin opposing the lawsuit.
Attorney General Josh Kaul has led the charge to protect Wisconsinites’ health care from this lawsuit, for which oral arguments before the Supreme Court are expected in the fall of 2020. He described the consequences of the lawsuit for Wisconsinites, particularly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is a time when we need to make sure that if people need access to healthcare they are able to get it.” Attorney General Kaul stated, “We need to make sure we are protecting people’s financial security. The Affordable Care Act does both of those things. Attacking [the law] in any case is a mistake, but attacking it in the middle of a pandemic is just horrible policy. We need to do what we can to keep the Affordable Care Act in place and that’s why we joined this amicus brief. I think it’s critical we keep these protections in place.”
Twin Lakes area Wisconsin resident Zena Blom discussed her personal experience with accessing care through the ACA marketplace despite “not qualifying” for Wisconsin’s BadgerCare coverage by only $20. She says, “Having to decide between paying your mortgage or taking life-saving medications is really not okay in America—that should not be a choice that we have to make. I gave up doctors appointments because I just couldn’t afford to go, I just couldn’t.”