Trump tees up a health care fight with an uncertain outcome
- Author: Sylvester Abbott Apr 03, 2019,
Apr 03, 2019, 0:27
But he has told confidants he thinks his administration won't prevail in the lawsuit it joined, where state attorneys general and GOP governors are seeking to strike down the entire Obamacare law, Axios reported. "That's Trump's health insurance plan", he added.
Republicans generally agree that the health care law has serious flaws, but they realize getting rid of it while Democrats control the House would leave a vacuum in place of protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions, insurance subsidies and expanded Medicaid, according to The Hill. "No", said economist Gail Wilensky, who headed up Medicare under former Republican President George H.W. Bush.
Trump's decision to support a ruling that would fully dismantle Obamacare, even as his administration has no viable alternative, is a risky gamble. The failed attempt to repeal "Obamacare" in 2017 proved to be toxic for congressional Republicans in last year's midterm elections and they are in no mood to repeat it. "So, and I've been saying that, the Republicans are going to end up being the party of health care".
In the suit filed by 11 states and the District of Columbia, the judge found the department unreasonably expanded the definition of employers to include groups without any real commonality of interest as well as business owners without employees.
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney claimed Sunday that if the Trump administration succeeds in striking down the entirety of the Affordable Care Act in court, millions of Americans who have health coverage because of the Obama-era health law will not lose their insurance.
A common thread in the various health care cases is that they involve lower-court rulings for now, and there's no telling how they may ultimately be decided. Mulvaney told ABC News that "debate about pre-existing conditions is over".
Today, debates over the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as ObamaCare, continue.