A multi-state coalition of Democratic state attorney’s general and a governor are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on a recent court decision on the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate in an effort to preserve the federal health care law.
The California-led coalition, which includes Connecticut Attorney General William Tong and leaders from 19 other states, filed a petition Friday to the nation’s highest court seeking a review of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision in Texas v. United States.
The appeals court ruled last month that the individual mandate, which requires people to purchase health insurance, was unconstitutional. The court did not invalidate the entire ACA, but the decision challenges other parts of the law, like coverage for pre-existing conditions, zero co-pay preventative services and dependent coverage for children up to 26 years old.
“No one wants to return to the days where insurers discriminated against patients with so-called pre-existing conditions like diabetes, childhood cancer or pregnancy,” Tong said in a statement. “No one wants thousands of young people, or hundreds of thousands of Medicaid patients, kicked off their plans overnight.
“The consequences in this case are literally life and death for far too many people in Connecticut.”
The appeals court decision last month was considered a win for GOP legislators who want to repeal the ACA. A Texas-led coalition of Republican state attorney’s general and governors filed the original lawsuit in February 2018.
The Democratic coalition is asking U.S. Supreme Court judges to review the case before the end of the court’s current term in June.