600K N.J. residents would lose health insurance if Trump wins suit to kill Obamacare

Posted Nov 04, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act would leave 595,000 more New Jerseyans without health insurance, a new report by a progressive group shows.

It would also take away tax credits from 181,000 residents who use them to buy coverage, and cost the state $2.7 billion in federal funds.

The winners? The wealthy and corporations who now pay special taxes to help fund the ACA. Those based in New Jersey would save $1.7 billion on, according to a study released Monday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a progressive research group.

The report was released at the start of the new enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, which runs through Dec. 15. New Jersey is spending more than $3 million to publicize the enrollment period and help residents choose a health plan.

A May study by the Urban Institute also concluded that 595,000 more Jersey residents would not have insurance under Trump’s efforts to repeal the health care law. The report by the Washington research group found that the ranks of the uninsured in the state would grow to 1.3 million, an 81 percent increase over the 732,000 currently without coverage.

"The harm inflicted by repeal would be catastrophic, and it’s made even worse by the fact that President Trump and Republicans don’t have a plan to protect the millions of Americans that will be harmed by their actions,” said Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-6th Dist., the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Trump has promised to propose a health care bill better than the Affordable Care Act after the 2020 elections. All of his earlier efforts would have left millions more uninsured, less coverage and no protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

If the Trump-backed lawsuit succeeds, almost 20 million nationally would lose coverage, the study said. Only nine states would be hit harder than New Jersey. In addition, such a decision would remove protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

The Trump administration and the Republican attorneys general in those 18 states argue that since the Republican tax law removed the fine for not having health insurance, the entire law must be thrown out.

New Jersey is among the 15 states challenging the lawsuit in court.

Previous GOP attempts to repeal the law through the courts have failed, as did efforts on Capitol Hill when Republicans controlled both houses of Congress.

Opposition to Republican repeal efforts helped Democrats win a majority in the U.S. House in an election where health care was the No. 1 issues on voters’ minds.

The Democratic-controlled House has passed legislation this year designed to strengthen the health care law. Senate Republicans have refused to bring up the bill for a vote.

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