State and federal opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have filed a lawsuit asking the courts to throw out the entire ACA, based on Congress’s 2017 decision to eliminate the tax penalty for people who are uninsured. On July 9, 2019, the case came before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which could issue its ruling at any time. The lawsuit may eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
Families USA’s earlier work showed that, if the courts overturn the ACA, millions of people would be harmed, with significant effects on coverage and jobs, children, women and Latinos. This new analysis analyzes the impact on veterans. Based on estimates produced by the non-partisan RAND Corporation, if the courts overturn the ACA, the number of veterans who would lose all their health insurance exceeds the total number of active-duty military now serving in the U.S. Army and Marine Corps combined. The analysis shows the number of veterans who would lose health insurance in each state.