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KANSAS CITY – This morning Protect Our Care’s nationwide bus tour arrived in Kansas City to sound the alarm about Republicans’ ongoing efforts to repeal protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Headlined by Sharice Davids and former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, the event highlighted the dangers of allowing insurance companies to discriminate against people based on their medical histories, and called on Republicans Attorney General Josh Hawley and Congressman Kevin Yoder to call off their attacks on health care.
In February, Attorney General Josh Hawley signed onto a lawsuit arguing that the elimination of the health coverage requirement means that all of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance reforms should be struck down, including protections for 2.5 million Missourians with pre-existing conditions. According to the New York Times, if the lawsuit is successful, “it could eviscerate major parts of the Affordable Care Act [and] insurers could again deny people coverage because of their medical condition or history.”
In Washington, Congressman Kevin Yoder voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would have stripped health coverage from in 212,000 Kansans, and he continues to support the Republican repeal-and-sabotage agenda.
"Affordable healthcare is a priority for almost every Kansan I talk to, but Kevin Yoder has different priorities," Davids said. "He took $500,000 from the insurance industry, then voted repeatedly to take away protections for people with pre-existing conditions. I am working for healthcare that benefits the people of Kansas - not the special interests. Because we all have a right to affordable healthcare."
At today’s event, Kansas City residents and health care advocates detailed the numerous ways in which Republicans have attacked health care, and how these actions have cut coverage and increased costs. Because of the Republican repeal-and-sabotage agenda:
- Nearly 2.5 million Missourians and 1.2 million Kansans with pre-existing conditions are at risk of losing coverage.
- 352,000 people in Missouri and 129,000 people in Kansas have been denied coverage by Republican officials’ refusal to expand Medicaid.
- Health care premiums in Missouri and Kansas are projected to increase due to Congress’s repeal of the individual mandate and policies advanced by the Trump administration.
- In Kansas, premiums already increased by an average of $123 a month between 2017 and 2018 due to Republican sabotage.
- 498,400 Missourians and 212,000 Kansans would lose coverage by 2026 if Congress repealed the ACA.
- Hundreds of billions of dollars have been cut from Medicare.
- Dozens of hospitals in rural areas have closed, including five in Missouri and three in Kansas, exacerbating the care and coverage gaps that exist for families in America’s rural communities.
“Care Force One” will be in Springfield, MO later today and St. Louis tomorrow. For more information, please visit protectourcare.org/bus-tour/.