ICYMI: Cleveland.com: Nearly 2 Million Ohioans Could Lose Insurance Because of Preexisting Conditions

New Reports Show if Trump Administration Lawsuit is Successful, Millions of Americans with Preexisting Conditions could Lose Insurance; Brown: This is the Latest Trump Administration Betrayal of Hardworking Ohioans

CLEVELAND, OH – In Case You Missed It, last week Cleveland.com reported that twenty-nine percent of non-elderly adults in Ohio are at risk of losing their insurance due to preexisting conditions if a Trump administration lawsuit is successful. The article cited a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, which estimates that 53.9 million Americans and just under 2 million Ohioans could lose their health insurance if the Trump administration is successful in its attempt to overturn the Affordable Care Act. Among the many deniable preexisting conditions are most forms of cancer, mental health disorders, pregnancy, sleep apnea and arthritis. Read the article here.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will continue speaking out against these ongoing efforts to sabotage the ACA and throw millions of Americans off their health insurance.

“This is the latest Trump administration betrayal of hardworking Ohioans,” said Brown. “President Trump and his administration are pushing a case before the courts that would not only increase costs, but also lead our country back to a time when a person with cancer could be denied health coverage altogether or face premiums so high they had to choose between treatments and paying for groceries. We will not stand for this. Together, we will fight back.”

In August, the Los Angeles Times published a column analyzing the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) latest brief in the controversial Texas lawsuit against the ACA. The article discusses the fact that the Trump administration is seeking to upend even our system of employer-based coverage, which is the primary source of insurance for approximately 158 million people and could put millions in jeopardy. Brown has continued to fight these Trump administration efforts, and believes we should be strengthening our health care system, not dismantling it and stripping millions of often life-saving coverage.

More than 200,000 Ohioans were enrolled in ACA marketplace insurance in 2019. More than 600,000 Ohioans have healthcare coverage because of Medicaid expansion. If GOP Attorneys General and Governors are successful in overturning the ACA, the number of uninsured Americans would increase by 65 percent5.5 million young adults would lose the option to stay on their parents’ healthcare plans, and hospitals would risk closure.

The Cleveland.com article can be read here.