Trump administration pushes to overturn Obamacare

Obamacare

United States. As discussed in prior blog posts, a federal district court judge in Texas struck down the ACA because, in the judge's view the ACA's individual mandate, which was reduced to $0 by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, could no longer be considered a tax.

For those who may need a refresher, a Republican lawsuit is pending at the U.S. Supreme Court, and with the White House's blessing, the litigants are asking the justices to destroy "Obamacare" in its entirety. And if those insurance reforms are off the table, Congress wouldn't have enacted any of the other provisions of the ACA.

The Supreme Court is unlikely to make a decision ahead of the November 3 presidential election, potentially endangering the GOP's election prospects. In a later statement, Biden also criticized the Trump administration for ending direct funding of some coronavirus testing sites.

The ACA's provision protecting people with pre-existing conditions from losing their insurance is one of the law's most popular aspects.


The former vice president argued that those coronavirus survivors would live their lives "stuck in a press" among Trump's twin legacies: his inability to protect the American people from the coronavirus and his ruthless crusade to remove the health protections of American families. Although the Trump administration's decision to stick to its guns on Obamacare repeal may please conservatives who have vehemently opposed the health law since its passage in 2010, success could be costly. All that would occur in the middle of a pandemic that has already killed more than 120,000 people and caused a severe recession that has stripped millions of their employer-based health insurance. "If President Trump gets his way, 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions will lose the ACA's lifesaving protections and 23 million Americans will lose their health coverage entirely".

Experts say wiping out the ACA would have a dramatic impact on the health care coverage in the U.S. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, an estimated 52 million Americans have preexisting health conditions that insurers could have denied coverage to under rules in place before the ACA was instated in most states.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi echoed Biden, adding there's "no legal justification and no moral excuse for the Trump administration's disastrous efforts to take away Americans' healthcare".

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. "Some survivors will experience lasting health impacts like lung scarring and heart damage, and if Donald Trump prevails in court, insurers would be allowed to strip away coverage or jack up premiums simply due to their 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".

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