Trump administration asks U.S. Supreme court to invalidate Affordable Care Act

Henrietta Brewer
July 1, 2020

The Trump administration filed a brief Thursday with the Supreme Court in support of a coalition of 20 states that has sued the federal government arguing that Obamacare is unconstitutional.

In the great by and by, Trump and Rutledge promise, all will be fixed in the health care system should they win. Those provisions are the reason congressional Republicans ultimately abandoned their effort to repeal the ACA, which is why it makes no sense to argue, as the Trump brief does, that Congress wouldn't want those protections to survive if the individual mandate dies.

In a late-night legal brief, the Justice Department argued that Obamacare became unconstitutional after Congress in 2017 eliminated the bill's associated fines for not having health insurance but maintained its requirement that all Americans have coverage.

The United States broke its record for new daily coronavirus cases on Thursday, the same day the Justice Department filed its report with the Supreme Court, and on Friday it again broke the record with more than 40,000 cases reported, according to data. To compound the Republican Party's difficulty in addressing the health care issue, Americans are giving Trump less and less ratings for his handling of the coronavirus crisis, and many more Americans say they trust Biden about Trump to handle the pandemic.

Donald Trump has criticised healthcare costs and coverage under Obamacare and has been promising since his 2016 campaign to replace it with a different plan. "If President Trump gets his way, 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions will lose the A.C.A.'s lifesaving protections and 23 million Americans will lose their health coverage entirely".

However Individuals are continue to divided more than the 2010 legislation, worries about health treatment regularly rank as a single of the prime difficulties for voters, and swing voters in distinct, according to polling by the Kaiser Spouse and children Foundation. Trump and Azar have said repeatedly that any replacement would protect people with pre-existing health conditions, without offering details.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden called the bid to overturn the law "cruel, heartless (and) callous".

The Supreme Court could examine the case from October for a decision which would come after the presidential election in November in which health issues are a major issue.

And Biden went a step further by linking the potential effect of the court filing to the medical complications that many Covid-19 patients may face in the future.

"If Donald Trump prevails in court, insurers would be allowed to strip away coverage or jack up premiums - simply because of [a person's] battle with the coronavirus", he said.

"Now is not the time to rip away our best tool to address very real and very deadly health disparities in our communities", California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is leading a coalition defending the law, said in a statement.

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