Trump administration decides to stop defending pre-existing condition protections

Share

President Trump has long declared the ACA, also known as Obamacare, to be a "disaster", and the brief filed Thursday night is the latest attempt by his administration to weaken former president Barack Obama's signature health-care law.

"I am at a loss for words to explain how big of a deal this is", University of MI law professor Nicholas Bagley said in a blog post. However, the federal support for the states' lawsuit is unusual, since the Justice Department typically defends existing law.

Despite the Justice Department position, the Health and Human Services Department has continued to apply the health law.

Bagley said the brief reveals the "depth of institutional decay at the Department of Justice", and he expressed profound concern about the precedent it sets. But Sessions said this was a "rare case" and not unprecedented.

Texas and other Republican-led states are suing to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act, while California and other Democrat-led states want to protect the law, the AP reported.

Trump disrupts gender equality meeting at G-7 summit by arriving late
Trump himself told reporters on Saturday that the summit was not contentious and called his relationship with G7 allies a "10". European officials said Trump had tried to water down the language in the draft communique on the WTO and rules-based trade.

"Initial filings for 2019 plans have shown that, while rates are higher due to the zeroing out of the individual mandate penalty, the market is more steady for most consumers than in previous years, with insurance providers stepping in to serve more consumers in more states", says Grow.

Reyes said Friday that "the individual mandate can not be severed" from the parts of the Affordable Care Act that prohibit insurers from increasing a person's premium rates or denying them coverage based on their health history. "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". There is reason to believe the judge may accept the Trump administration's arguments.

"The Trump administration once again is allowing premiums to go up and middle class Americans to pay more", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a tweet.

Mark Showalter, chairman of the Department of Economics at BYU, contended that although protections for people with pre-existing conditions is a well-liked part of the law and the individual mandate penalty was considered deeply unpopular, the provisions are two sides of the same coin. "The brief filed by the Trump Administration yesterday represents a shocking break from precedent, and relies on legally dubious, partisan claims to argue against the constitutionality of the current law", they said in a joint statement.

More than one in four adults under the age of 65 have existing medical conditions, according to Kaiser Family Foundation.

Melania Doesn't Believe Trump Had Sex with Stormy Daniels, Rudy Giuliani Says
He said Daniels' work as an adult film actress "entitles you to no degree of giving your credibility any weight". Stormy Daniels claims collusion between her... "It is wrong and it is an insult to every woman in this country".

That argument is likely to be lost on consumers, said Robert Blendon, a polling expert at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health - particularly in the heat of an election that will determine control of Congress.

This is not the first move the Trump administration has taken that would undermine Obamacare's consumer protections.

The administration called on the court to declare the provisions that guarantee coverage to be invalid beginning on January 1, 2019, when the mandate penalty goes away. If the Justice Department's analysis is ultimately persuasive, however, other parts of the law, including Medicaid expansion, could stay in place.

The administration last fall ended a key payment to insurers that helped lower the cost of insurance for low-income Americans who purchased marketplace insurance.

The mandate introduced with Obamacare, the popular name for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was meant to ensure a viable health insurance market by forcing younger and healthier Americans to buy coverage.

How the US-North Korea summit will move the markets
I don't think they will try and kick out the president . "It's about attitude, it's about willingness to get things done ". Isolated North Korea has long craved worldwide recognition and the prestige of being seen as a nuclear state.

Share