Trump administration asks court to completely repeal Obama’s Affordable Care Act

Kenny Tucker
March 27, 2019

'I believe that the Mueller report has been done, ' said Democratic whip Rep. James C. Clyburn of SC. This administration opened a new chapter when it moved to invalidate the Affordable Care Act, ' he continued. People are anxious, especially my part of the country about children being born with diabetes and how they are going to get health care. And breast cancer. How are they going to get medical treatment they need?

Democrats credit the fight over health care with helping them recapture the house.

Mr. Trump has previously expressed support for government-funded health care.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Tuesday that the Trump administration's shift in position on Obamacare was "an opportunity for Democrats to speak to the American people with clarity".

'Impeachment is not on the table until it is on the table. "And we shouldn't be playing games with it", Harris said. We're on our agenda, ' she said.

Bipartisan majorities of both the House and Senate rejected his move, voting to terminate the emergency before the president vetoed their resolution on March 15. When Jeff Sessions was attorney general, the administration argued only certain parts of the ACA, like protections for people with pre-existing conditions, should be struck down, but the rest of the law could stand, according to CNN.

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Meanwhile, a group of Republican state attorneys general are fighting to have the law repealed, while a group of Democratic state attorneys general are arguing to keep the law in place.

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After the Justice Department took that position, federal District Judge Reed O'Connor struck down the entire law and the case is now before a federal appeals court.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reversed course and is now supporting a federal district judge's decision that declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.

A coalition of Republican-led states filed a lawsuit in Texas previous year against the federal government, arguing that Congress' decision to eliminate the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate penalty - a fee Americans paid if they didn't enroll in some form of health insurance coverage - should render the entire law invalid.

Protesters shout at lawmakers walking out of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on May 4, 2017, after the House of Representatives narrowly passed a Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, delivering a victory to President Trump after early legislative stumbles. They said they would file a more extensive legal briefing later.

The ruling, from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, is likely to be appealed to the Supreme Court anyway, according to a Monday Politico report. The district court judge's reasoning was based on changes made in the 2017 tax reform law that set the penalty for Americans who don't have health insurance to zero. As a result, O'Connor deemed the whole law to be unconstitutional.

"They say one thing and they do another, they say they're gonna protect preexisting conditions as a benefit, and then they go to court to strip it", Pelosi said.

About 11.8 million consumers nationwide enrolled in 2018 Obamacare exchange plans, according to the US government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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