Beshear Fighting Temporary Injunction Request Seeking to Halt Nation’s Health Care System

Attorney General Andy Beshear is fighting a request for a temporary injunction filed by a group of state seeking to halt the nation’s health care system while an ongoing lawsuit on the issue plays out in federal court. Beshear and a group of state attorneys general are intervening in the lawsuit – Texas et al v. United State et al. – that claims the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional because the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminated the ACA’s penalty for failing to purchase health insurance, known as the individual mandate. The lawsuit, filed in a Texas federal court in late February by 18 state attorneys general and two governors, seeks to invalidate the entire ACA on this basis. Beshear said Kentucky could lose a projected $49.7 billion in federal funding for expanded Medicaid and subsidies for those on the individual market if the lawsuit moves forward. The $49.7 billion is estimated to be lost from 2019-2028.

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