In February, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley’s office announced that he and 19 other Republican attorneys general were challenging key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The Republicans’ lawsuit argues that popular mainstays of the law, like protections for those with pre-existing conditions, are unconstitutional. Earlier this month, the Trump administration decided to back the lawsuit rather than defend existing health care law.
Health care advocates have slammed Hawley for the lawsuit, noting that it jeopardizes coverage for the nearly 2.5 million Missourians with pre-existing conditions. Missouri Jobs with Justice executive director Caitlyn Adams told the St. Louis American, “If this cruel scheme works, Hawley owes his constituents an explanation for why ripping away protections from people with pre-existing conditions helps the state of Missouri or its citizens.”
According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, the lawsuit could also disrupt employer-provided coverage for 175 million Americans, leading to higher costs, extended waiting periods and the exclusion of certain conditions from their coverage.
Hawley has consistently voiced his support for repealing the Affordable Care Act, but also has repeatedly refused to offer specific solutions to improve the health care system.