FRANKFORT, Ky. (WAVE) - Governor Andy Beshear (D-Ky.) is making his voice heard in defense of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), stressing the importance of healthcare during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak as well as for the nearly 1.8 million Kentuckians benefiting from the statute. He is joined by leaders from 19 other states.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a virtual hearing Tuesday as the justices take on whether or not to uphold the Obama-era law that guarantees health coverage for more than 130 million Americans with preexisting health conditions. Another 12 million people have coverage through the law’s Medicaid expansion.
The Associated Press reports that Republican attorneys general in 18 states, as well as the Trump Administration, want the ACA to be struck down, as it mandates all Americans to have health insurance. President Trump and conservatives nationwide have said the mandate is unconstitutional and raises premiums for private insurance companies.
In a statement, Beshear expressed his reasoning behind backing the ACA. It says:
Beshear first took on defending the ACA while he was the acting attorney general for Kentucky.