California and 14 other states took legal action Thursday to try to preserve
Roughly 5 million Californians gained health insurance through the national law, also known as Obamacare, California Atty. Gen.
"We're not looking for anyone to take that away from you," Becerra told a crowd gathered at St. John's Well Child and Family Center, a community clinic that primarily serves low-income Angelenos. "We will stand up for your rights. If your child gets sick, if you find out you have cancer, if you need that medicine, you'll be able to go get it."
In 2014, House
When Obama left office, the
Becerra said he fears President Trump would drop the appeal, which could end the payments that insurance companies rely on and destabilize the entire insurance market.
"You know that saying, 'With friends like these, who needs enemies?' " he said. "Well, with defenders like this, who needs enemies? We need somebody in the lawsuit who's going to defend us, not talk about exploding what we have."
Becerra and his colleagues filed a motion to intervene Thursday, in the hopes of being able to directly defend the law. They also asked to lift a stay on the case that U.S. House Republicans sought after Trump was elected.
"We want certainty," Becerra said. "We want to give the health insurance companies that have plans through the marketplace … predictability. It's hard to have predictability when you have this lawsuit hanging over the heads of everybody."
The states that filed the lawsuit are California, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Washington, as well as Washington, D.C.