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States Attacking ACA Would Suffer Most If Preexisting Conditions Shield Gets Axed

Gerald Kominski was quoted in a Kaiser Health News story about the potential effect of courts striking down the ACA's pre-existing condition protections. 

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

If the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with preexisting medical conditions are struck down in court, residents of the Republican-led states that are challenging the law have the most to lose.

“These states have been opposed to the ACA from the beginning,” said Gerald Kominski, a senior fellow at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “They’re hurting their most vulnerable citizens.”

Twenty Republican state attorneys general and governors challenged the constitutionality of the ACA in federal court in February. Last month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice made the unusual decision not to defend key portions of the law against this legal challenge.

Read more in Kaiser Health News