SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, leading a coalition of 20 states and the District of Columbia, today provided a supplemental briefing at the Fifth Circuit Court’s request, reiterating the vast impacts that Texas v. United States would have on California and states across the nation. In the filing, the Attorneys General demonstrate their standing in the case by outlining the direct negative impacts that the dismantling of the ACA would have on their states. They further argue that – regardless of the federal government’s abrupt decision to abandon their defense of the ACA – active legal issues remain before the Court, including the continued conflict between the positions taken by Texas’ plaintiff state coalition and the federal government.
“If the Trump Administration had done its job to defend and protect the healthcare of millions of Americans, we wouldn’t be in this mess,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Since President Trump refuses to protect Americans’ healthcare, California’s coalition has picked up his fumble. Our argument is simple: the health and wellbeing of nearly every American is at risk. Healthcare can mean the difference between life and death, financial stability and bankruptcy. Our families’ wellbeing should not be treated as a political football. We’ll see the Trump Administration in court to make sure it isn’t.”
On June 26, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit asked for supplemental briefing from Attorney General Becerra and his coalition. The Attorneys General argue that the positions taken by the Trump Administration and the Texas-led coalition are legally incorrect and dangerous to our healthcare system. Dismantling the ACA would cost the United States between $150 and $350 billion over the next decade. Further, if affirmed, the District Court’s decision would affect nearly every American, putting at risk:
The supplemental briefing also addresses the fact that the Texas-led coalition’s position in this case remains in conflict with the federal government’s position, as:
On July 9, 2019, Attorney General Becerra and his coalition will be arguing the stakes in the Fifth Circuit. Oral arguments will take place in New Orleans in the West Court Room of the Fifth Circuit.