Monday, March 9, 2015

The end of Obamacare?

Sign the petition. Tell the Supreme Court: Obamacare helped me or someone I know.

Dear MoveOn member,

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of King vs. Burwell—arguably the biggest threat to Obamacare since the Court upheld the law's "individual mandate" provision in 2012.1

If the Court sides with the plaintiffs, experts say insurance premiums would skyrocket. As many as 8.2 million people would lose subsidies and, most likely, their insurance coverage. And dozens of state exchanges would likely collapse.2 This case could gut Obamacare.

Chief Justice John Roberts is reportedly sensitive to public opinion and the Court's legacy. As he and the other Justices deliberate, they need to hear from the millions of Americans whose lives have been improved by increased access to quality and affordable care.3 Will you add your name to our public petition to the Supreme Court, which says:

I am one of millions of Americans who has either benefited directly from Obamacare, or I have a friend or loved one who has.

As you consider the arguments in King vs. Burwell, please recognize the massive positive impact Obamacare is having, including over 20 million people who now have access to affordable healthcare.

King vs. Burwell was brought by a cadre of right-leaning and libertarian critics of the law who've been methodically searching for ways to undermine it. After the Supreme Court rejected arguments that the "individual mandate" was unconstitutional, they're now arguing that subsidies to help individuals afford insurance are illegal in many states.

MoveOn members have organized for years to push for comprehensive health reform. We've organized tens of thousands of house parties, vigils, and rallies. Millions of us have signed petitions. We've poured in over 100,000 phone calls from our homes and offices. We've gotten creative—from flying plane banners over events to setting up symbolic road blocks outside of congressional offices. We've primaried corporate Democrats and we've hit the doors to defeat obstructionist Republicans. We've fended off lawsuits from Republican politicians who wanted to shut us up.

After all that, the decision on whether to uphold Obamacare is once again back in the Supreme Court's hands. Let's do what we can—including making sure that the justices hear exactly how much Obamacare has done to help people all over the country. 

Click here to add your name to our petition to the U.S. Supreme Court, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thanks for all you do

–Anna, Maria, Bobby, Corinne, and the rest of the team


1. "The accidental case against Obamacare," Vox, March 2, 2015

2. "The Implications of a Supreme Court Finding for the Plaintiff in King vs. Burwell: 8.2 Million More Uninsured and 35% Higher Premiums," Urban Institute, January 2015

3. "20 Million Americans Get Insurance Under Obamacare, Report Says," Time, July 2, 2014

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