June 26, 2020

Trump to Supreme Court: Take Away Health Care From 337,000 Minnesotans During A Pandemic

DFL Party slams Trump legal brief urging the Supreme Court to end the A.C.A.

Late last night, President Trump’s administration filed a legal brief urging the Supreme Court to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the midst of a pandemic.

According to newly-released numbers from the Center for American Progress (CAP), a public policy think tank, 337,000 Minnesotans would lose their health insurance if Trump succeeds in eliminating the ACA.

Nationwide, CAP projected that 23,259,000 Americans will lose their health insurance if the ACA is struck down – 3,382,000 of whom would lose health insurance specifically due to the loss of jobs and employer-sponsored insurance as a result of COVID-19 and Trump’s failure to manage the virus. CAP’s pre-pandemic numbers are in line with official estimates released by Trump’s own Department of Health and Human Services just last year.

Thus far, over 2.4 million Americans have contracted COVID-19 and over 124,000 Americans have died as a result of the virus.

Ken Martin, Chairman of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party released the following statement:

“President Donald Trump’s push to take away health insurance from 337,000 Minnesotans during a global pandemic that has infected millions and killed over 124,000 Americans is unbelievably cruel and goes against our most deeply-rooted Minnesota values. Minnesotans believe in helping our neighbors, especially during a time of great suffering, but Donald Trump is only looking to cause further pain and suffering.

“Right now, folks are reeling from the COVID-19 outbreak and the economic recession caused by the virus and Donald Trump’s failed response to it. The last thing Minnesota families need as they’re struggling to find work or make ends meet is to lose the health insurance they depend on to stay safe and healthy.

“Minnesota Republicans must denounce Trump’s vile attack on our health care and they must do so immediately. If Republicans stay silent as the health care of 337,000 Minnesotans is jeopardized, our state will remember that when it comes time to vote.”

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