Health Care on Life Support? What’s at Stake in the Elections

It’s now a matter of weeks until Election Day, and women’s votes are more crucial this year than ever. We must have not only the will, but also a firm grasp of what we need to hold candidates at all levels accountable for policies that work toward social justice and equity for women.

Health care is a top issue on the minds of most voters. A great deal is at stake for women—not only because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the looming Supreme Court battle.

Trump Wages War on the Affordable Care Act in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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.

Women Workers Need the Affordable Care Act—and More

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.