Trump Administration Will Again Try to Destroy the Affordable Care Act
The Trump administration now says it supports the ruling of a federal judge in Texas that struck down the entire Affordable Care Act. The Justice Department filed a one-page brief yesterday arguing that the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals should affirm judge Reed O'Connor's opinion to overturn the entire health care law. If the 5th Circuit agrees, the case will likely make its way to the US Supreme Court where a new conservative majority will have an opportunity to end health care coverage for millions.
Such a ruling would be cataclysmic with tens of millions losing coverage including people using the health care exchanges, young adults on their parents' policies, those with preexisting conditions and individuals who benefited from the expansion of medicaid.
CNN: "The Trump administration would not defend the law [the ACA] in court so a coalition of 21 Democratic states led by California stepped in."
"This lawsuit is as dangerous as it is reckless. It threatens the healthcare of tens of millions of Americans across the country -- from California to Kentucky and all the way to Maine," said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra in a statement. "The Affordable Care Act is an integral part of our healthcare system. ... Because no American should fear losing healthcare, we will defend the ACA every step of the way."
While the lawsuit is pending, including a possible appeal to the Supreme Court, Obamacare remains the law of the land. However, the case highlights how important the outcome of the 2020 Presidential election will be.