300K Arizonans with pre-existing conditions would be hurt if ‘Obamacare’ is struck down

By Jim Small | Arizona Mirror

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear two cases brought by a coalition of Republican attorneys general that seek to have the Obama-era Affordable Care Act declared unconstitutional. If that happens, millions of Arizonans would be affected, a new analysis finds.

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The Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, finds that nearly 300,000 Arizonans would lose health insurance coverage entirely, and another 2.8 million with pre-existing conditions would face higher premiums, diminished coverage or an inability to buy insurance on the open market if the lawsuits succeed.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is one of the attorneys leading the lawsuit.

The CAP analysis also finds that Arizona would lose $2.1 billion in federal health care funding. That money funds the private insurance marketplace, Arizona’s Medicaid program and health insurance for children in poor families.

Nationally, nearly 20 million people would lose their insurance and 135 million with pre-existing conditions would face higher costs or the inability to get insurance.

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