MILWAUKEE, WI – A new study out today from the Kaiser Family Foundation determined that 27 million Americans have likely lost their health care since the start of the coronavirus crisis. That number, on top of millions of Americans already uninsured creates a dangerous situation for the country reeling from a global pandemic. Kaiser concluded that more than 20 million of those newly-uninsured individuals are eligible for coverage under the ACA or Medicaid. But if the Trump-Republican lawsuit currently before the Supreme Court to overturn the ACA is successful, those 20 million uninsured will no longer have access to ACA subsidies or coverage under Medicaid expansion.
In response to this new study, Protect Our Care WisconsinDirector, Joe Zepecki issued the following statement:
“As President Trump goes to court to ‘terminate’ access to health care, millions of Americans have already lost their coverage due to his mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis from the start, and the devastating economic impacts that have resulted. The Kaiser Family Foundation determined that 27 million Americans likely lost their health care on top of the estimated 28 million already uninsured, potentially leaving 55 million Americans without coverage in the middle of an ongoing pandemic. The Trump-Republican lawsuit to overturn the ACA would leave millions without access to coverage when they need it most. It is mind-boggling that Trump and the Republicans are persisting in their effort to strip Americans of health care coverage during the country’s most devastating public health emergency in a century.”