Covid Cases Rise, Whitehouse Seeks to End ACA
Now that we are opening things back up a bit, we’re starting to see some rise in our Covid 19 cases again. Harpers in East Lansing is credited with over 50 Covid infections, causing a small bump in Michigan’s infection rate. Texas, Arizona, Florida and California are really spiking. As states are opening up, people are getting carless and not social distancing, and not wearing masks when around others in public.
Our unemployment continues to rise as more file for unemployment, and at the end of July, the stimulus part of the unemployment funds ends, along with rent and mortgage protection for federal properties. Many things the Federal and State governments have done to help people survive through this pandemic are coming to an end soon. But Covid-19 is still growing in half of all states. And many Americans still need help.
Last Night at 10:30pm the Trump administration urged the Supreme Court to overturn the Affordable Care Act. That very same day, the U.S. Government reported that close to half a million people who lost their health insurance as a result of the shutdown to slow the spread of Covid 19 have obtained coverage through helpcare.gov. The Detroit News reports More than 20 million Americans could lose their health coverage and protections for people with pre-existing health conditions also would be put at risk if the court agrees with the administration. Nothing will happen immediately. The case won’t be heard before the fall.
Why is this happening when people are in dire need of help during this crisis? Healthcare can be a life or death situation with many people. Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted the administration’s latest move in a partisan battle over “Obamacare”. Pelosi is planning a floor vote early next week on her own bill to expand the ACA, sweetening its health insurance subsidies so more people will be covered. It certainly doesn’t appear our White House has our best interests in mind.