Published: Wed, March 27, 2019
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Pelosi to unveil House Democrats’ plan to strengthen Affordable Care Act

Pelosi to unveil House Democrats’ plan to strengthen Affordable Care Act

According to POLITICO, Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec said the department "has determined that the district court's comprehensive opinion came to the correct conclusion and will support it on appeal". A group of red state attorneys general follow up in court by arguing that, because the law was created to function as a seamless whole, eliminating one major component requires the elimination of the entire rest of the law.

Trump swept into office promising to "repeal and replace" the Obama health law, but was unable to do so, even with a Congress fully under Republican control.

"Because the U.S.is not urging the any portion of the district court's judgement be reversed, the government intends to file a brief on the appellees' schedule".

And while the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans that's handling the matter is known for its conservatism, Congress' decision in 2017 to remove the penalty for not having coverage means Texas and its allies could have problems proving any harm to give them grounds for their challenge. If the Trump administration successfully dismantles the law, millions of lives could be at risk; people will likely have to increasingly turn to platforms like GoFundMe to afford medical necessities like insulin.

The Justice Department in a two-sentence letter to the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit filed on Monday said it backed the December ruling by U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth that found the Affordable Care Act violated the U.S. Constitution because it required people to buy health insurance.

This month, the GOP-led Senate rebuked Trump with a 59-41 vote blocking his declaration after the failure of a Republican effort to reach a compromise with the White House.

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Yet it's an issue Democrats have struggled to stay focused on after taking the House in January and effectively neutering the Republican threat to repeal the 2010 law. "In two short sentences, the Trump administration crystallized its position that the health care coverage enjoyed by almost 20 million people, as well as the protections by tens of millions more with preexisting conditions, should be annihilated", he said. When Congress reduced that penalty to zero in 2017, it effectively removed the high court's justification for upholding the act. She said "one of the the the main things that keeps people up at night that they worry about is whether they're going to have access to affordable health care".

The Associated Press reports that 11.4 million people have signed up for coverage this year, a decline of more than 500,000 from 2018. If the decision is upheld, it could significantly disrupt the U.S. health care system.

Jonathan Adler, a professor at Case Western Reserve School of Law, writing on Reason.com, said the latest DOJ position was "astounding".

DeWine also said Tuesday that he supports another part of the Affordable Care Act that allows parents to keep their children on their health-care policy until age 26 - though, unlike pre-existing conditions, he didn't make the same promise to keep that provision in OH if the federal law is overturned.

"Once the heart of the ACA - the individual mandate - is declared unconstitutional, the remainder of the ACA must also fall", according to the lawsuit.

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