Today I'm honoring the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law. The ACA now helps insure about half a million Oregonians, and many millions more nationwide. So, even at this anxious moment in history due to the widening spread of COVID-19, it's a milestone not to be overlooked – and to celebrate.
But remarkably, some leaders are working overtime to undo the ACA to this very day, including the president.
Later this year, along with 17 Republican Attorneys General, Trump will be arguing in the Supreme Court to dismantle the ACA, threatening to strip prescription drug discounts for elders, funding for our nation's public health system and protections for millions with preexisting conditions. The results would be a disaster even if we were not facing a global pandemic.
As the People's Attorney, I want you to know I do not intend to let the president – or anyone else – put Oregonians' health at risk. I'll be fighting in the Supreme Court, along with 21 other Democratic Attorneys General, to defend affordable health care that Oregonians and millions of Americans rely on.
Let's all work together to make sure we come out of 2020 with leaders who take public health seriously and come this time next year, we can all hope to be celebrating progress – in person!