October 22, 2020/Media

Statement on Donald Trump’s Comments on the ACA During His ‘60 Minutes’ Interview

During an interview with ‘60 Minutes,’ Donald Trump reiterated that he wants the US Supreme Court to strike down the Affordable Care Act in its entirety, telling Lesley Stahl, “I hope [the Justices] end it. It’ll be so good if they end it.”

Trump rambled incoherently when pressed by Stahl for an answer on how, in that event, he would protect Americans living with a pre-existing condition, including almost 5 million North Carolinians.

In response, health care activist and mother Stacy Staggs released the following statement:

“President Trump’s admission today isn’t a surprise at all — but it should be a stinging reminder that he and his Republican allies are committed to tearing apart the Affordable Care Act at all costs, no matter how many working families are destroyed in the process. 

“My twin daughters were born at 28 weeks and require medical care we could never afford if not for the ACA. Donald Trump’s heartless crusade to destroy this law is putting my family in financial jeopardy and putting my daughters’ lives at risk. The fact that he has no plan to replace the ACA is all the more evidence that Trump just doesn’t care about families like mine. 

“Trump’s admission today makes this election all the more critical, and that’s why I’ll be doing everything in my power to make sure Joe Biden is elected our next president on November 3.”

Staggs recently testified during the confirmation hearings of Judge Amy Coney Barrett. In her testimony, Staggs emphasized that her two medically complex daughters “have been saved by the protections of the Affordable Care Act … What that also means is that their lives are at risk if the Affordable Care Act is overturned.” Staggs also noted during the hearing that her family’s insurance claims related to her daughters’ care have topped $4 million.