A report released yesterday by the Protecting Health Coverage in Louisiana Task Force shows that nearly half a million Louisianans would lose healthcare if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is overturned in the Texas v. United States case.
Gov. John Bel Edwards created the task force in 2019 in response to efforts to repeal ACA protections for Louisianans with pre-existing medical conditions and to overturn the state’s Medicaid expansion.
“The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but as the report indicates, completely eliminating the program would jeopardize the Medicaid expansion, eliminate protections for those with pre-existing conditions, and cost the state $3.6 billion in federal funding,” Gov. Edwards said. “The Attorney General’s lawsuit is about political gain, but for hundreds of thousands of Louisianans, it’s about losing access to healthcare and critical health protections. This new report makes it clear: the people of Louisiana and the State of Louisiana simply can’t afford Jeff Landry’s lawsuit.”