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If Lawsuit to End Obamacare Wins, Older Workers, 55-64, Lose


June 30, 2020

Contact: Karen Conner, 2022814159Mail_Outline

Washington DC — A Trump administration lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its entirety could both end the expansion of Medicaid and again allow discrimination against people with serious health conditions. That is especially bad news for the oldest pre-Medicare age group, people between the ages of 55 and 64, as shown in a new analysis released today by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).

This near-retirement age group “could be looking to pay $20,000 to $30,000 a year for insurance, with no help from the government,” writes CEPR’s Dean Baker, author of the analysis.

The 55 to 64 age group is far more likely to have serious health issues than younger people. Just 18 percent of the people in the youngest age group (18 to 34) have a serious health condition, compared to 44 percent of those in the 55 to 64 age group.

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