Trump Justice Dept. Asks Court of Appeals to Erase Obamacare

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani talks to Fox & Friends about the release of the Mueller report

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani talks to Fox & Friends about the release of the Mueller report

The Department of Justice took the view Monday that the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional.

The Department of Justice announced Monday night it would side with a ruling from a Texas judge invalidating Obamacare and would not defend the Affordable Care Act in court.

Trump's administration is asking a federal appeals court to strike down the entire health care law.

It creates a national reinsurance program to offset high medical bills for insurers and thereby keep premium increases in check. Building the wall was one of Trump's most repeated campaign pledges, though he said it would be paid for by Mexico, not taxpayers.

And Axios noted that the Trump administration had initially argued that the courts should only toss out the individual mandate and protections for pre-existing conditions.

The House Democrats' legislation is being introduced by three major committee leaders: Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, D-N.J., and Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott, D-Va.

The health care filing could prove to be a gift for Democrats as they seek to refocus their messaging on issues important to voters.

Even so, he declared, "The Republican Party will soon be known as the party of health care", as he joined Senate Republicans at their weekly lunch at the Capitol on Tuesday.

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 rest of the law, they further argued, is tied to the mandate.

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"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.

House Democrats, who were put back on their heels after a Attorney General William Barr issued a summary of the Mueller report's findings that investigators did not find evidence of collusion with the Russian government, pounced early Tuesday.

"While I have not discussed the decision not to defend Obamacare with anyone at the White House, I support the decision", Chabot said in a statement.

The 2010 law, seen as the signature domestic achievement of Trump's Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, has been a flash point of American politics since it passed, with Republicans including Trump repeatedly attempting to overturn it.

The Justice Department did not explain its reasoning in a two-sentence letter to the court, but promised a full and timely explanation for the appeals judges. The latest Trump budget also calls for repeal.

Some Senate Republicans said that while Trump didn't offer any details on what health care in the US might look like if the states' challenge succeeds, they said it was too early to be certain.

The administration's move didn't only startle supporters of the law.

The appellate case is Texas v. U.S., 19-10011, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (New Orleans). "We must protect the millions of Americans who could lose their health care coverage".

About 52 million adults under 65 could have been excluded from buying individual health insurance under the pre-Obamacare rules, according to estimates from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found remarkably steady enrollment, down only about 300,000 consumers.

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