(AUSTIN, Texas – Dec. 16, 2018) In response to the ruling Friday from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, the Texas Hospital Association released the following statement by Ted Shaw, THA president/ CEO.
"The ruling Friday that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional will increase the number of Texans without health insurance and hospitals' uncompensated care costs, yielding clinical and financial outcomes that are bad for Texas.
The ACA was never perfect. Nonetheless, its coverage provisions gave more Texans access to affordable private health insurance and to community-based preventive, primary and specialty health care services.
Every day, Texas hospitals provide the best health care to anyone who seeks it, regardless of their ability to pay. This is federal and state law, but, more importantly, it is core to the lifesaving mission that every Texas hospital shares.
If this ruling stands, more Texans will be forced to rely on hospital emergency departments for care. Some of the costs of that care will get passed on to Texans with employer-sponsored health insurance in the form of higher premiums and to property taxpayers in the form of higher taxes. For a state that strives to be the most business-friendly state in the nation, these are two outcomes we cannot afford.
We look forward to continuing our work with the Texas Congressional delegation to address the weaknesses in the ACA and to support policy solutions that increase the number of Texans with private health insurance.”