Chronic Disease Coalition urges federal officials to drop a court case threatening the Affordable Care Act

5.26.20

The chronic disease community is facing unprecedented challenges and uncertainty as the United States navigates the COVID-19 health pandemic. While the Chronic Disease Coalition and our partners are working diligently to ensure patients and millions of Americans have access to health care during this time, others are looking to strike down a landmark law that provides key health care protection: The Affordable Care Act (ACA)

A case initially filed in the 5th Circuit Court, known then as Texas v. U.S., challenges the ACA’s constitutionality and jeopardizes access to health care for millions of people living with pre-existing conditions. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of the United States made the decision to review this case. Currently, the ACA provides crucial health care benefits to millions of Americans who may need access to COVID-19 treatment, a future vaccination or general care.

“The ACA offers policymakers some of the best public health tools to address this pandemic,” said Robert Greenwald, faculty director of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation and professor of law at Harvard Law School, in a statement. “Striking down the ACA now would be disastrous. In the interest of safeguarding our nation’s public health and economic future, we strongly urge the challengers to drop their lawsuit.”

The Chronic Disease Coalition joined over 100 organizations, including the American Diabetes Association, Alliance for Retired Americans, Healthcare Rights Coalition and many more in urging Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to withdraw from California v. Texas. We ask all patients join the fight by sharing your story and the benefits the ACA has provided you and your families.