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States attacking Obamacare's pre-existing conditions protections would be hurt the most, of course

Joe Manchin’s decision should be easy here.

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At some point you would think that the leadership in Republican states would just get over their hatred of President Barack Obama and realize that the Affordable Care Act has helped them. Or failing that, the people Obamacare has been helping would realize they have shitheads for leadership, and vote them out. Because here we go again—the efforts of Republican leadership in conservatives states will disproportionately hurt the people of the states that are now suing to strike down the law’s protections, reports Kaiser Health News.

“These states have been opposed to the ACA from the beginning,” said Gerald Kominski, a senior fellow at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “They’re hurting their most vulnerable citizens.”

Looking at data from insurance companies and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, KHN determined which states have the highest rates of adults with pre-existing conditions, and 9 out of the 11 have signed on to the lawsuit to strike down the ACA. West Virginia has the highest rate, with 36 percent of adults under age 65 living with preexisting conditions. Probably 1 in 3 of those would have a hard time buying insurance on the individual market of their state if Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who joined the legal challenge against the ACA, were to prevail. There’s one more argument for Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) to oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, who’s proven hostile to the ACA, to the Supreme Court.

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