Following the decision of the United States Supreme Court to dismiss the California v. Texas lawsuit which could have fully overturned the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Lutheran Services in America President and CEO Charlotte Haberaecker emphasizes the national network’s support for ensuring that all Americans have access to affordable, quality health care – regardless of their income, race, gender, faith or ZIP code.
“While the ACA is not perfect, the protections it has instituted for underserved groups have greatly increased their ability to access much-needed health care especially important during the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency. At this vital time, given our longtime commitment as a faith-based organization to meeting the health and human services needs of all people, we are pleased to see protections for these populations preserved in federal law.
“Every day, Lutheran Services in America’s 300 health and human services member organizations serve one in 50 Americans ranging from older adults and children, youth and families, to people with disabilities, veterans, and people of all ages experiencing homelessness. All of these people are better served by legal provisions that make obtaining and maintaining quality, accessible, and equitable health care coverage easier – including Medicaid coverage expansion, the elimination of pre-existing condition exclusions, and the prohibition of discrimination based on health status. We encourage lawmakers and the Administration to commit to doing even more to protect the health of all Americans.”