Trump Justice Dept. Asks Court of Appeals to Erase Obamacare

Trump Administration Asks Court To Totally Repeal Obamacare

Trump's White House had already been supportive in the lawsuit brought by Republican state attorneys general to challenge the law's requirement that insurance plans cover pre-existing conditions and certain "essential" health benefits, such as pregnancy.

"Secretary Azar fully supports the Administration's litigation position in the Affordable Care Act case, which bears his name", Health and Human Services spokeswoman Caitlin Oakley said in a statement.

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution directing the Justice Department to give Congress all records on Federal Bureau of Investigation obstruction of justice or counterintelligence probes against President Donald Trump. O'Connor had ruled in December that the elimination of a tax penalty made the entire law invalid.

An exuberant US President Donald Trump took a victory lap on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, emboldened by the end of the special counsel's Russian Federation probe, even as Democrats pressed insistently for Robert Mueller's full report and Justice Department officials said more information could be released in "weeks, not months".

A Justice Department official declined to comment.

"If the Republican Party wants to be, in Donald Trump's words, the party of healthcare, God help the middle class", Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Wednesday on the Senate floor.

"I'm going to be writing to the attorney general to express my views on this", Collins also said, according to Axios. People are anxious, especially my part of the country about children being born with diabetes and how they are going to get health care.

In 'major shift, ' Department of Justice argues... "But if this lights a fire under us to have a really good health care plan, maybe that's the silver lining here", another veteran Republican campaign strategist told NPR.

On Tuesday morning, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it now agrees with a December ruling by a federal appeals court judge in Texas that the entire Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

Trump's effort to repeal Obamacare narrowly failed in the Senate in 2017.

On Wednesday the president repeated his prediction that the GOP would be "the party of great health care". But it remains very unclear how much the public will actually get to read of the most anticipated political document in recent history.

That's a worrisome sign for backers of the ACA, who say the Trump administration's cuts to the ad budget and congressional repeal of a requirement that people get insured will gradually eat away at program enrolment. On Monday, the Justice Department announced that it would back a full invalidation of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare - a law that's become pretty popular over the course of the past couple of years.

If it were successful, the Justice Department's position supporting the judge's ruling would potentially eliminate health care for millions of people and create widespread disruption across the U.S. health care system - from removing no-charge preventive services for older Americans on Medicare to voiding the expansion of Medicaid in most states.

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