Obamacare debate heats up, Ohio AG Yost vows to fight for preexisting condition coverage

by Haley NelsonWednesday, March 27th 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost told ABC 6/FOX 28 Wednesday that he wants to protect Ohioans with preexisting conditions currently under the Affordable Care Act.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost told ABC 6/FOX 28 Wednesday that he wants to protect Ohioans with preexisting conditions currently under the Affordable Care Act.

“I would tell them I got this,” said Yost.

The fight over the ACA has been heating up in recent days.

“I don’t agree with the Republicans or the Democrats on this,” he said, “there is certainly an unconstitutional feature here, the individual mandate, the federal government can’t tell you what to buy. But, on the other hand, this notion that we are just going to throw everything out even though Congress voted for this by majority vote, including a Republican Senate, is not tenable either.”

Yost said based on his textual readings, he believes individual mandate can be removed, without tossing the act and the protections for people with preexisting conditions.

“We are going to be the Republicans, the party of great health care,” said President Trump.

The President has been vocal recently on wanting the ACA gone.

“So, we’re coming up with plans. We have a lawsuit right now going, where phase one of the lawsuit terminates Obamacare,” he said.

State Representative David Leland wants it to stay and even be strengthened.

“Healthcare and the availability of healthcare, accessibility of healthcare is probably the most one important issue in my district,” said Representative Leland, (D) Columbus.

He believes parts of the ACA are inter-related.

“I am not sure if you start taking the parts apart how it is all going to survive. I am interested in any new ideas that anybody would have, but the most important thing is we need to keep the vitality and the health of the Affordable Care Act,” he said.

Yost said his brief will be field by next Monday, saying 1.9 million non-elderly Ohioans have preexisting conditions.

“That is why I feel that I have got to protect it,” said Yost.

The Ohio Republican Party sent ABC6/FOX28 this statement from ORP Chairman Jane Timken on Affordable Care Act Ruling:

“There are obviously questions over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. While we are happy that the Department of Justice sided with the courts that ruled that the ACA violated the constitution, there is more work to be done. President Trump is committed to fixing our broken healthcare system and ensuring that we have a system that works for all Americans.

We support Governor DeWine’s pledge to protect people with pre-existing conditions should the ACA be ruled unconstitutional. Ohioans overwhelmingly voted to elect conservative leaders to our state and local governments and we can trust that they will work with President Trump to reform our broken healthcare system.”

The Ohio Democratic Party sent this statement on behalf of Party Chairman David Pepper:

“While we strongly disagree with the attorney general’s presumption that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, we’re glad he at least agrees that the Trump administration’s filing would do great damage to the people of Ohio who rely on the ACA’s protections.”

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