Faith Leaders Mark 9th Anniversary of ACA

March 21, 2019
Call on AG Slatery to Withdraw From ACA Lawsuit that Would Hurt Millions of Tennesseans

Days before the 9th anniversary of the Affordable Care (ACA), local faith leaders and health care advocates held a press conference at Legislative Plaza calling on Attorney General Herbert Slatery to withdraw Tennessee from a lawsuit (Texas v. United States) that would overturn the ACA. In December 2018, a Texas judge ruled against the ACA, moving the demolition of the ACA one step closer to reality, hurting millions of Americans.

For a video of the press conference click here.

After failed attempts to repeal the health law in Congress, the ACA is still the law of the land because the American people made their voices heard at town halls, rallies, and the voting booth. Unfortunately, 20 states are trying to repeal the ACA through the court system, including AG Slatery.

Rev. Matt Steinhauer, Faith Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Lebanon, spoke about his 24-year-old son with Down Syndrome, a pre-existing condition: “As a pastor of the church, I cannot believe that our elected officials—most of whom claim to be ‘Christians’—are not only turning a blind eye to the plight of people with health issues who do not have insurance but taking active measures to take away health insurance from millions. Attorney General Slatery, I urge you to do the right thing for Tennesseans, and the least of God’s family, and withdraw from this lawsuit.”

“I am the mother of one of the bravest people I have ever known: my son who has had 24 surgeries in his lifetime. This lawsuit is not only an affront to the most vulnerable in our state, but will have catastrophic effects on health care for all Tennesseans,” said Kristen Grimm of Franklin. “ There is no mercy in this action by our Tennessee leadership. We need those who govern to live up to the Christian values that so many of them claimed during their campaigns in seeking public office. I ask that those in authority, especially Attorney General Slatery, look towards loving mercy, doing justly, and walking humbly toward the good of all.”

If the lawsuit prevails, it would end: pre-existing condition protections, allowing insurance companies to charge more or deny Americans health insurance; lifetime caps that prevent families from bankruptcy; and eliminate any chance Tennessee has to expand Medicaid. It would also not allow young adults to stay on their parents’ plan until age 26.

The ACA was signed into law on March 23, 2010.

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