A federal judge in Baltimore has struck down a Trump administration rule that abortion rights advocates called a legal maneuver to restrict access.
Together, June Medical and Little Sisters of the Poor represent the dawning of an unprecedented attack on reproductive rights and justice.
The Supreme Court’s decisions this term are a severe blow to reproductive health care access, especially for low-income women and women of color. Yet, those legal decisions are not the end of the story.
The Trump administration has not only failed to respond to the resurgent threat of COVID-19, but has instead spent the past few months trying to eliminate the law that has been a vital lifeline to millions of Americans’ ability to access health care.
It’s no wonder Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently described this response as “an act of unfathomable cruelty.”
The arguments of Mark Rienzi, counsel for Trump v. Pennsylvania, are dishonest, damaging and delusional. Let’s unpack each of these lies.
The president is urging the federal judiciary to invalidate the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA).
If successful, 20 million people could lose health insurance; 135 million people with preexisting conditions—including cancer, pregnancy and diabetes—will lose desperately needed protections; and 12 million seniors will pay more for prescription drugs.
The last thing we should do is make it harder for these groups to access the care they need.
Today, the Trump administration announced an overhaul of the Medicaid program that could deny or limit benefits and may result in reducing enrollment in the program, particularly in states hostile to the Affordable Care Act that want to limit expenses.
Women and communities of color are especially at risk to suffer if the ACA is dismantled, because we already suffer disparities in our ability to access health care services: Two-thirds of the 23 million low-wage workers in the U.S. are women, and the ACA made health insurance available to many of those women and their families.
The consistent chipping away at the law by conservative lawmakers and judges means those families could mean a return to millions of women losing the ability to properly care for the health of their families.
“If the court rules to strike down the entire ACA, there will be devastating consequences for everyone, but these negative outcomes will be most pronounced for the millions of women with preexisting conditions and, in particular, for women of color and women with low incomes, whose health and economic security would be most at risk.”
Section 1557, or the “Final Rule” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), sometimes referred to as the Title IX of the landmark law, prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age and disability in health programs receiving federal financial assistance—and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is intent on dismantling it. […]