THCC’s Statement on Florida Health Care Ruling

Press Release from Tennessee Health Care Campaign Executive Director Beth Uselton; Jan 31., 2011:

Nashville, TN – Tennessee Health Care Campaign’s Executive Director, Beth Uselton, states that U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson’s ruling today in a lawsuit challenging the new health care law could have a devastating impact on the millions of Tennessee families who have new protections thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

“Tennessee patients already benefiting from the new law will be alarmed by the possibility that they could lose the security and peace of mind provided by it. Without the law in place, 23,100 young adults would lose their coverage, 995,000 seniors would lose free preventive services, 3.2 million residents would be subject to lifetime caps on health plan benefits and all Tennesseans would again be vulnerable to insurance company abuses. Without the Affordable Care Act, private for-profit insurance corporations will once again decide who receives care and who does not.”

“This litigation is really about the protecting health insurance company profits at the expense of working families. Politicians who marched in lockstep to bring this suit aren’t really interested in the new law’s individual-responsibility rule. This lawsuit is another tactic in the campaign to give our health care back to the insurance companies no matter what the cost.”

“We will not allow the courts or the Congress to bring us back to the time when insurance companies could exclude people because of pre-existing conditions, drop people for getting sick, or let benefit caps force people with serious diseases into bankruptcy.”

“It is important to remember that this is a single ruling by a single judge. More than a dozen other judges have found the law constitutional or dismissed legal challenges to it outright. Ultimately, this issue will be decided by the Supreme Court of the United States. Until then, we must not let legal battles or partisan bickering overshadow the greater problems facing American families who are unable to access affordable health care.”