NY braces itself against Justice Department's assertion it won't defend ACA

NY braces itself against Justice Department's assertion it won't defend ACA

That would include such popular items as the guarantee that young people can stay on their family's health insurance plans until age 26, subsidies to help poorer people to afford health insurance, the existing state-level health insurance marketplaces ("exchanges"), the expansion of the Medicaid health insurance program for poor people, and a mandate that larger employers provided minimum levels of health insurance coverage for their workers.

Democrats swiftly portrayed the surprise move by the Justice Department, outlined Thursday in a brief supporting a court case filed by Texas and 19 other states, as a harsh blow to Americans with fragile health and their families.

Democrats have gotten the message, campaigning on healthcare not just in blue states like California, or swing states like Nevada and Florida, but red states like Kentucky, home of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who once vowed to eradicate the Affordable Care Act "root and branch".

An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released on Thursday - before the Trump administration decision was unveiled - found health care was the top issue for all voters and that it's an issue where Democrats have an overwhelming advantage.

"The pre-existing condition thing is what the ads will be run on", said Blendon.

"United States, the department will not defend the constitutionality of [the individual mandate], and will argue that certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are inseverable from that provision", U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) explaining his decision.

"The question is, what does this do to insurance markets now?" said Jost. The entire law must fall, they say.

For years, Republicans said they would protect people who suffer from preexisting conditions and were priced out of the individual market.

The 20 states filed [JURIST report] their lawsuit in February, relying on the Supreme Court precedent in NFIB v. Sebelius [JURIST report]. The lawsuit from a coalition of state attorneys general and two governors says Congress' decision to repeal the individual mandate penalty in ObamaCare makes the healthcare law illegal.

While the ACA has been the target of a sharply divided and partisan debate for almost a decade, pre-existing protections are one of the most popular actions Congress has taken in modern times. That was what five Justices of the Supreme Court said when a different combination of five Justices voted to uphold the mandate as a form of tax.

The Justice Department argued the judge should strike down the section of the law that protects people buying insurance from being charged higher premiums due to their health history.

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What it means: If successful, the states' lawsuit would allow insurers to charge much higher rates to people with pre-existing conditions, or deny them coverage altogether, effectively ending the ACA's promise of providing health care for all Americans.

Democrats are seeking to tie the move into their argument that the Trump administration is "sabotaging" health care and driving up premiums, a key midterm message. Now that Congress has made a decision to zero out the penalty, as Republicans did past year as part of the 2017 tax cut, the pre-existing conditions have to go, too.

Recent polling indicates that this could be a political victor for Democrats attempting to recapture at least one chamber of Congress.

The Trump administration's move fueled accusations that it was politicizing the Justice Department, which is supposed to defend the constitutionality of federal statutes in court - even if the administration in power does not like them - if reasonable arguments can be made.

Maine Sen. Angus King, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, slammed the Trump administration on Friday for not defending the ACA in court.

A continuing challenge of covering the three-ring circus that is the Trump administration is not letting the outrageous antics and statements of the president and his allies distract attention from the outrageous policies being implemented on his watch.

In short: The federal government is declining to defend federal law.

Friday, the insurance industry warned in stark terms of "harm that would come to millions of Americans" if such protections are struck down, causing premiums "to go even higher for older Americans and sicker patients".

"I favor protecting those in our society with pre-existing conditions, but I don't want to put the cart before the horse", said Mr. Lance, who voted against the GOP replacement bill.

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that more than 16 million Americans suffer from depression each year.

And though the federal government will apparently no longer defend a pillar of the law, a group of left-leaning states have stepped in to back it in court.

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