Attorney General Mark Herring says the decision by the Trump Department of Justice not to defend a major part of the Affordable Care Act protections for people with pre-existing conditions could imperil coverage for some 1.3 million Virginians.
Herring, on a conference call with 'Protect Our Care,' said, “President Trump and Attorney General Sessions have now put the full weight of the Department of Justice Behind this looming disaster.”
Herring and 20 state attorneys general had already filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit seeking to undo the ACA, that he says could end tax credits, raise premiums and prescription drug costs.
“And unwind the Medicaid expansion that has helped millions of Americans access healthcare including 400,000 Virginians who just became eligible last week,” said Herring.
The Texas lawsuit wants the entire law overturned, and the Department of Justice says it will not defend that core provision of guaranteed coverage for pre-existing conditions.