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JAMES MACKLER: HAGERTY-ENDORSED SCOTUS LAWSUIT  RIPS HEALTH CARE FROM 1.3 MILLION TENNESSEANS

JAMES MACKLER: HAGERTY-ENDORSED SCOTUS LAWSUIT RIPS HEALTH CARE FROM 1.3 MILLION TENNESSEANS

For Immediate Release: June 26, 2020

NASHVILLE – In the middle of the night during a pandemic, Bill Hagerty’s allies in the Administration continued their quest to rip health care away from millions of Americans by asking the Supreme Court to invalidate the Affordable Care Act. The brief filed by the Administration specifically argued against provisions to protect coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. Hagerty, a member of the White House COVID Task Force, declared victory over the pandemic earlier this week, while a record number of Americans contracted COVID-19 yesterday

“Starting at the State of the Union and all throughout this year, Bill Hagerty’s biggest supporter has promised to protect those with pre-existing conditions,” said decorated Iraq war combat veteran James Mackler, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. “Access to health care is a right and I’m running for U.S. Senate because Tennesseans need elected leaders who will say so, instead of those doing everything in their power to take us backwards to a time when 1.3 million Tennesseans could be denied coverage at the moment they need it the most.” 

A nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation study in late 2018 found that “nearly one-third of non-elderly adult Tennesseans — 32 percent — have at least one medical condition that would have allowed insurers to decline them coverage prior to the ACA.” 

Since James Mackler launched his campaign at a closed rural hospital in McKenzie, Tennessee, three more have closed. Today, Tennessee has the highest rate of hospital closures per person in the United States, with twelve facilities closing since 2010. Only Texas, a state with four times as many people, has seen more hospitals close.

James’ campaign has earned support from the DSCC, Tennessee Fire Fighters, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, NARAL, Vote Vets, Serve America, Let America Vote, End Citizens United, Giffords PAC, Gov. Phil Bredesen, and thousands of Tennesseans in all 95 counties.

James Mackler joined the U.S. Army after 9/11 to do more and serve in a time of crisis, serving in Iraq as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot as a Screaming Eagle in the 101st Airborne Division. He later protected sexual assault survivors and prosecuted criminals as a U.S. Army JAG attorney. James is running for U.S. Senate for the same reasons he joined the army — to do more and serve all Tennesseans in a time of crisis.

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