Published: Wed, March 27, 2019
Medical | By Mark Scott

Trump Admin Going After Obamacare to Overturn Entire Law

Trump Admin Going After Obamacare to Overturn Entire Law

Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday, President Trump announced he is working on a new plan for healthcare and declared Republicans are going to fix the system.

"Tonight in federal court, the Trump administration decided not only to try to destroy protections for Americans living with pre-existing conditions, but to declare all-out war on the health care of the American people", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Monday.

While most people agree that so-called Obamacare has some problems, overturning the law would have far-reaching consequences-including potentially interrupting coverage for those who buy their health insurance on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges, as well as making healthcare financially impossible for millions of people.

"While we need to replace the failing, government-controlled Obamacare system with one that makes health care more accessible and affordable for all OH families, I remain concerned with the unfair challenges facing those with preexisting conditions", Joyce said in a statement.

"This week, we will take another step forward to strengthen protections for pre-existing conditions, reverse the GOP's health care sabotage, and lower Americans' health costs", Pelosi said.

Harris joins other 2020 Democrats in slamming the move by the administration and rallying around the Affordable Care Act.

"Millions of Americans will be denied affordable health care", the House lawyers wrote.

Finally, the filing is further evidence that Republicans have no meaningful, widely shared health care vision of their own: The Trump administration is now saying it supports the legal equivalent of repeal without replace.

And if Democratic presidential candidates don't get too loud and contentious about their differences over how to achieve universal coverage, that's probably the where the battle lines will stay.

"The Department of Justice has determined that the district court's judgment should be affirmed", said a terse letter from Assistant Attorney General Joseph "Jody" Hunt to the appeals court handling the case.

House Democrats trying to override President Donald Trump's first veto say his plan to shift billions of extra dollars into building border barriers is a waste of money and an abuse of his powers. It's rare for the Justice Department to decline to defend a federal law, but President Donald Trump has long unsuccessfully sought to repeal the 2010 health care statute.

The ruling rests on a legal analysis that the coverage requirement and its fines remain central to the law.

The Supreme Court originally upheld ObamaCare on the basis that the mandate was somehow a tax. He has continually scapegoated John McCain for his part in rejecting an attempt to overhaul health care, even doing so after the revered senator died previous year.

She said that "tens of millions of Americans have benefited from the Affordable Care Act, including the removal of pre-existing conditions as a barrier to receive care". The latest Trump budget also calls for repeal. "Millions of people would lose their health care coverage, and a host of seemingly unrelated policies - including new experiments in how Medicare pays for care and an entire class of prescription drugs - would also go out the window".

Trump and the administration repeatedly promised - particularly leading up to the midterm election - to protect people with less-than-perfect medical histories.

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