Many of the almost 4 million New Jerseyans with pre-existing health conditions (3,846,000, to be precise) will probably be watching the results of the midterm elections more closely than most. That’s because the protections they receive under the Affordable Care Act are considered to be in peril, depending on how Republicans do in the upcoming elections. The number in New Jersey with pre-existing conditions includes 477,000 children.
In the view of Families USA, “The 2018 midterm elections could determine if health insurance protections stay in place, or if the nation goes back to the days when children and adults with preexisting health conditions were denied the care and coverage they needed to be healthy or even to survive.” (Families USA is a national nonprofit that’s focused on high-quality, affordable healthcare.)
The Trump administration has worked to gut the ACA and has signaled its support of a lawsuit seeking to overturn the landmark legislation. If that happened, maintains Families USA, “health insurers could return to abusive practices that were widespread before protections were in place.” Some Republicans in tough re-election races have stated they don’t want to take away the specific ACA regulation that prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions.