Trump Administration Won't Defend ACA

Justice Department says heart of health law unconstitutional

The Justice Department is tasked with defending federal statutes.

"Think about that for a minute - the president of the United States is actively working to give corporations the power to tell moms, dads and kids that they can't get the health care they need to stay alive".

But the administration said the rest of the law, including Medicaid expansion, can remain in place.

After the latest attempt to repeal the health law failed with Arizona Sen. A recent HuffPost/YouGov poll also found that health care is voters' top issue. In an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released this week, 22 percent of respondents said it would be the most important factor in deciding their vote, ahead of the economy, guns, taxes and immigration. The move means insurers could decide to deny coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

"If the Trump administration is successful in arguing against the constitutionality of protecting patients' access to care, it will have immediate and disastrous effect on our health care system and the American people", the lawmakers say.

"We did that before with our repeal-and-replace bill". One of their replacements is Brett Shumate, described by the Times as "a Trump administration political appointee in the civil division of the Justice Department who has played a leading role in defending the White House in a range of lawsuits". On Friday, Democratic members of the House of Representatives were furious. By withdrawing from defending the law in court, the Trump administration is saying it no longer supports those consumer protections, which are popular with voters.

But that was not the talking point of the party's re-election arm.

It's so foolish, in fact, that it could wind up making something like single-payer health care - gasp! - a reality.

Margarita Mills (left), an insurance agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, speaks with Daniela Morales as she shops for insurance under the Affordable Care Act at a store set up in the Mall of Americas, on November 1, 2017, in Miami. Many of those provision can continue to work to help achieve the overall goal of the ACA, to assure that more Americans have health insurance, the filing asserted. And because a scant majority of the Supreme Court had said it was Congress's taxing powers that saved the ACA from being unconstitutional, that protection was no longer there. But it's crucial to remember that this was exactly the reaction of the same set of people in 2010, when the original argument was made against the individual mandate by libertarian law professor Randy Burnett.

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"The individual mandate thus still exists, but it will no longer be fairly possible to describe it as a tax because it will no longer generate any revenue", the Justice Department said in its brief on Thursday.

"You can't pull the rug out from underneath people with pre-existing conditions", O'Donnell said. "That's how far out the administration's position is".

The states say that without the individual mandate, the whole ACA should be struck down as unconstitutional.

Margaret Murray, the chief executive of the Association for Community Affiliated Plans, which represents plans for low-income and vulnerable populations, said that anyone who has bought individual insurance "and has had so much as a case of asthma in their past should be deeply unsettled by the choices this administration has made". But the lawsuit has been filed in a conservative court in Texas, and the Trump administration's refusal to defend key parts of the law has likely boosted the plaintiffs' chances. "We call upon the Administration to reverse this decision and defend the rights of our patients", Stewart said. "This is a sad moment".

"The mandate is "'essential' to the operation of [those] provisions" because they can not work without the coverage requirement, the department said. Slavitt and others criticized the move as an unprecedented decision by the Justice Department to not defend the rule of law. "Such withdrawals are exceedingly rare - typically only when the argument is indefensible, as they are here".

The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday that the part of Obamacare requiring individuals to have health insurance is unconstitutional, an unusual move that could lead to stripping away some of the most significant and popular parts of the law.

For years Democrats ran from the health-care issue as though it were a heap of flaming rubble, which, politically speaking, it was.

The states' challenge to the overall ACA has been pending since February in the Fort Worth court of U.S. District Judge Reed C. O'Connor.

Legendary journalist Lyle Denniston has written for us as a contributor since June 2011 and has covered the Supreme Court since 1958.

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