The legislation, also known as Obamacare, was already threatened after a federal judge in
With the federal government no longer defending its law, more than a dozen states have intervened to defend it on appeal. The case raises the specter of an estimated 21 million people potentially losing their health insurance.
"People are going to pay one way or another" for those without coverage, said
Locally, 146,305 people receive coverage through the state health insurance marketplace created by the ACA: 90,962 in
Those figures include buyers of individual insurance plans, those receiving coverage through the law's expansion of Medicaid and people getting federal subsidies to offset insurance costs.
The states fighting in court to preserve Obamacare argue such individuals are most at risk of losing coverage or seeing their premiums skyrocket to unaffordable rates, if the law is overturned.
"The president's unrelenting attacks on the ACA are misguided and not in anyone's best interest,"
"Broad access to various health services, such as primary care, can ultimately keep people healthier, reduce financial strain on the acute-care hospital system, and reduce health-care costs by preventing avoidable emergency department visits and hospitalizations," Batulis said in a statement.
Speaking through a translator on Thursday,
Politicians "need to consider what others make because not everyone can afford private insurance,"
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