FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- Attorney General Andy Beshear, along with a coalition of state attorneys general, is asking a federal judge to freeze a Dec. 14 ruling that could eliminate the ACA in Kentucky.
Beshear said the group has asked for a stay or freeze of the ruling to ensure Kentuckians do not lose their coverage while a legal challenge continues by the AGs.
Beshear said the group has also asked the Texas judge to certify his ruling so that it may be immediately appealed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Beshear and the group of attorneys general have been battling the federal case – Texas, et al. v. United States, et al. – over the last year to protect health care nationwide. The group was granted its April 9 motion to intervene on May 16 by the court.
Beshear said the ruling would have devastating effects on Kentucky, and could impact the health care of over 1.3 million Kentuckians, stripping away key benefits for people with pre-existing conditions, eliminating seniors’ prescription drug discounts and allowing companies to charge women and seniors more for their coverage.
Beshear is joined by attorneys general in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and the District of Columbia.
The parties seeking to dismantle the ACA include attorneys general in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and governors of Maine and Mississippi.
The federal judge is giving the parties seeking to dismantle the ACA until Dec. 21 to response to today’s motion by Beshear and the group of attorneys general, who have until Dec. 26 to file their reply brief.