Attacks on the Health Law

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In their relentless attack on the health law, Republicans are trying to take away the benefits families already have in order to advance their political agenda. They are trying to repeal and undermine the law in every way they can: through state legislatures, congress, regulatory processes and through the courts.

Paul Ryan's Budget

HCAN’s Work Related to Attacks on the Health Law

We organize at the grassroots around all of our priority issues in order to move policymakers and build public support. Our work on Capitol Hill is also key to our effort; please see below for examples of that work and relevant documents.

On January 19, 2011, House Republicans voted to repeal the health law. (The Senate opposes repeal so the ACA is still the law.) While Republicans pledge to “repeal and replace,” they continue to offer no concrete plans to replace all the benefits they are working to take away from families.

HCAN letter to the Hill opposing repeal

HCAN Executive Director Ethan Rome’s Huffington Post: Size Matters: The GOP & Health Care

Republicans have also attempted to defund the entire law in the FY2012 Ryan budget and various parts of it, such as funding the administration of subsidies to help make health coverage more affordable and funding for preventive health.

HCAN joins health care groups to urge Congress not to defund health insurance exchange

Numerous lawsuits have been filed challenging the constitutionality of the law. Three appeals courts have upheld the constitutionality of the law. On March 26 – three days after the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – the United States Supreme Court will begin to hear three days of arguments on the constitutionality of the law in a case led by the NFIB and Florida on behalf of 25 other states. The Court will issue a decision by the end of the term on June 30.

SCOTUS Hearing Schedule

March 26 – Can the case be heard now or should it wait until 2015? (Anti-Injunction Act )

March 27 – Can Congress require people to purchase insurance?

March 28 – If one piece of the law is unconstitutional, does it all have to fall? (Severability) And is the Medicaid expansion constitutional?

HCAN joined an amicus brief in support of the law.

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