As Republicans continue to push to roll back the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and dismantle the Affordable Community Health Centers Act (HCCA), a coalition of states is fighting to keep the programs going.
The states are arguing that their citizens deserve better, and the ACA is a cornerstone of their plans.
But despite the bipartisan nature of the fight, the Trump administration is taking a more aggressive stance.
In a statement released this week, the White House accused the states of being a “political and corporate front for the abortion industry” and claimed that the ACA has allowed abortion to grow from less than 1% of the total population in 2010 to about 8% today.
“The Hyde Amendment has been a tool to force women into abortion,” the statement read.
“By expanding access to abortion care, the Hyde Amendment and its repeal would deprive women of equal access to care.”
But the administration is actually mischaracterizing the Hyde amendment, and its impact on women’s access to health care.
“There is no evidence to suggest that the Hyde-Louise Amendment has increased the number of abortions,” the White the statement said.
“In fact, it has decreased abortions over time, as the percentage of abortions in the population has remained the same over the last 30 years.”
As a result, states argue that the Trump Administration is simply misinforming Americans about the law, and they want it changed.
The statement goes on to say that the Obama administration “is now actively working to weaken” the Hyde law and make abortion services more accessible and affordable, as well as “make the Hyde exemption a non-starter for states.”
“These false claims about the Hyde and Hyde exemption are just the latest in a string of attempts by the Trump White House to mislead the American people,” said Amy Hagstrom Miller, the president and CEO of the American Civil Liberties Union.
“These misleading attacks are just a small part of the larger assault by the White Trump Administration to rollback access to reproductive health care.”
The states have already had a major impact on the ACA’s coverage and funding.
In May, as Republicans pushed to repeal the ACA, states passed a series of bills that would have left millions of women without access to coverage, and more than 50,000 clinics shuttered.
The new legislation would have cut $700 billion from Medicaid and Medicaid expansion, as many of those funds were supposed to cover people with low incomes and Medicaid patients who needed a birth control or maternity care plan.
The cuts were made as part of an ongoing effort by Republicans to defund the ACA by defunding the Affordable Health Care Act, which also passed the House in May.
The ACA was originally meant to cover everyone in the United States, including people who were already insured, and it would provide coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, people with disabilities, people who have preexisting conditions, and those who are under age 55.
However, the GOP bill would have repealed the ACA and replaced it with a law called the American Health Care Reform Act (AHCA).
This would have allowed states to opt out of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion and defund the Affordable Services for Americans with Disabilities Act (ASADA), which would have covered all people with a disability.
The AHCA was opposed by many states, including those that supported Medicaid expansion.
“As we look to the future of Medicaid, we know the AHCA would have provided a lot of benefits for the states and a lot less coverage for the uninsured and low-income Americans,” said Jennifer Hochberg, senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center.
“States that have voted against the AHC, like New Jersey and California, would have been able to opt-out from coverage of Medicaid expansion but would have faced significant losses in their Medicaid funding under AHCA.
These are programs that are essential to keeping our communities healthy.” “
With a massive amount of the ACA funding going to states that were willing to opt in, they would have had more money to spend on programs that help low- and moderate-income families, including mental health services and primary care services, while also supporting the ACA.
These are programs that are essential to keeping our communities healthy.”
The AHA would have also forced states to accept Medicaid expansion states, meaning that some of the Medicaid expansion dollars would be taken from states that previously opted out of Medicaid.
In the case of New Jersey, for example, the Medicaid Expansion and Health Security Program (MEDSP) would have gone away, and Medicaid would no longer be funded by the state, leaving some 4 million people uninsured.
New Jersey would have to either opt in to Medicaid expansion or opt out from it.
The state has been fighting to continue Medicaid expansion in its current form, but the AHA repeal is likely to have a devastating impact on Medicaid.
As a group of states have tried to fight the ACA repeal, a coalition called the Abortion Action Coalition has filed a lawsuit against