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Nearly Half of San Antonio's Non-Elderly Population Loses if Texas Wins Its Anti-Obamacare Suit


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Nearly half the non-elderly people in San Antonio and its surroundings could lose protection for their pre-existing medical conditions if Texas wins its current anti-Obamacare lawsuit, according to data from the Center for American Progress.

According to a 2017 CAP survey broken down by congressional district, about 1.6 million non-elderly people in the five districts serving San Antonio have pre-existing medical conditions. More than 26 percent of that total — or 423,800 people — are between the ages of 18 and 44.  

Republicans, who have spent nearly decade trying to crater Obama's Affordable Care Act, are now hanging that hope a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Republican officials from 19 other states. The suit, now playing out in a Fort Worth courtroom, claims the act is unconstitutional since the Republican tax bill eliminated the penalty for people who don’t have health coverage.

If the ACA's protections are tossed out, people with pre-existing conditions, including arthritis, diabetes or even pregnancy could face higher insurance costs or denial of service, act proponents warn.

“Apparently, our Republican colleagues are afflicted with their very own special type of pre-existing condition: it’s called ‘amnesia,'" Rep. Lloyd Doggett, whose district includes San Antonio, said during the Democrats' weekly radio address. "They have forgotten about all the suffering, for so many, before the Affordable Care Act became the law of the land."

More than twenty-five patient groups, including the Diabetes, Heart and Lung Associations, Susan G. Komen, American Cancer Society, the March of Dimes and the MS Society have come out against replacing protections found in the current law, Doggett added.

A recent survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation also found that 75 percent of Americans don't want those protections reversed.

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