(Worthy News) – The Trump administration urged the Supreme Court to strike down the Affordable Care Act in its entirety in a new legal brief filed late Thursday night.
The government argued the landmark health care law must fall because Congress lifted the financial penalty for failing to purchase insurance in the 2017 tax reform bill. The Court will hear arguments in the case sometime this fall, meaning the law’s fate will be in question at the peak of the 2020 campaign.
The brief is at odds with the president’s own statements on health care reform and comes as the nation struggles to curb the transmission of the coronavirus. The Supreme Court’s decision could affect the health insurance coverage of millions as unemployment rolls swell. And while Trump has repeatedly vowed to protect people with preexisting conditions, that group will lose coverage if the Court sides with the government and strikes down the ACA. The law also provides coverage against viral infections like the coronavirus for over 20 million people. Millions more might qualify for a special enrollment period if they lose insurance due to the pandemic. Despite the obvious perils ahead of the November election—Attorney General William Barr urged the administration to modify its position as recently as May—the White House says it must follow the law. [ Source: Washington Free Beacon (Read More…) ]
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