ACA strike down could cause millions of Pennsylvanians to lose health coverage

Written by on November 11, 2020

ACA strike down could cause millions of Pennsylvanians to lose health coverage

By Nina Feldman / WHYY

November 11, 2020

Demonstrators hold signs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as arguments are heard about the Affordable Care Act Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on the latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act.

The law could be struck down in its entirety, which would mean at least 1 million Pennsylvanians would lose health insurance and 5 million would lose coverage for pre-existing conditions. Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey said the Republican-led challenge was an injustice 

“We’re gonna fight until we stop them from doing this. This is not America, this is not who we are and anyone who supports this lawsuit should pay a price.”

During oral arguments, two of the court’s conservative justices signaled they thought the requirement to buy insurance, which is at the center of the case, could be separated from the rest of the law. That would mean the majority of the ACA would stay in effect, while the so-called individual mandate was ruled unconstitutional. 

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