September 12, 2018
In a new, 30-second campaign ad, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) literally takes out a rifle and shoots a document representing the Republican-led lawsuit that could end a key and very popular Affordable Care Act provision. The ad takes direct aim against the GOP effort to invalidate Obamacare’s insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions, the Huffington Post reported on September 10.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey, Manchin’s Republican challenger in the midterm election, is among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit that would allow insurance companies to deny coverage to people with various pre-existing conditions.
In a state where polls show approval of President Donald Trump is among the highest in the country, Manchin is making healthcare the central focus of his re-election bid, the Huffington Post noted.
And it’s not hard to see why: West Virginia has the highest share of adults with pre-existing conditions of any state.
The Obamacare protections are “the difference between life and death for the 800,000 West Virginians with a pre-existing condition. I will continue doing everything in my power to protect their access to affordable health care,” Manchin said at a Pre-Existing Conditions Forum in Huntington, West Virginia,
Last week, attorneys representing 20 Republican state officials walked into a Texas courtroom and ask a federal judge to invalidate all or parts of Obamacare.
District Judge Reed O’Connor for the Northern District of Texas appeared sympathetic to their case in oral arguments, but he did not immediately rule on the lawsuit’s motion for an injunction against the law.
If it succeeds, experts say it will unleash chaos on the health insurance markets, the news outlet reports, and, eventually, leave an estimated 17 million Americans without coverage.
The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, released on September 5, finds recent political events weighing heavy on the minds of voters when it comes to the 2018 midterm elections. Kaiser Family Foundation polling continues to find pre-existing conditions as a widespread concern and with the impending lawsuit Texas v. United States, a majority of the public say it is “very important” that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) protections for people with pre-existing conditions ensuring guaranteed coverage (75%) and community rating (72%) remain law.
About half (52%) of the public are “very worried” that they or someone in their family will have to pay more for health insurance and four in ten (41%) are “very worried” they will lose their coverage if the Supreme Court overturns these protections.
Research contact: @KaiserFamFound