House Democrats press Trump administration over Obamacare lawsuit

Representative Jerry Nadler, a Democrat by fresh York along with chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

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Representative Jerry Nadler, a Democrat by fresh York along with chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

Nadler along with four various other committee chairmen argued in a letter to Attorney General William Barr that will the decision to support the legal challenge to the ACA “appears to be violating longstanding policies to defend along with enforce Acts of Congress.” They said the lawsuit’s success would likely “have a significant negative impact on the accessibility of health care for Americans.”

“Finally, we are also concerned the Department’s litigation posture will be being driven by purely political considerations rather than considered legal arguments,” wrote Nadler, House Ways along with Means Committee Chairman Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., House Energy along with Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., along with House Education along with Labor Committee Chairman Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va.

Asked about the administration’s reasoning during testimony before the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, Barr said that will “when we’re faced which has a legal question, we try to base our answers on the law.”

“I think the president has made clear that will he favors not only [Obamacare’s protections for people with] preexisting conditions although would likely like action on a broad health plan. So he will be proposing a substitute for Obamacare,” Barr said. He added that will the replacement plan “will come if along with when Obamacare will be struck down.”

The Department of Justice declined to comment. The Department of Health along with Human Services along with the Office of Management along with Budget did not immediately respond to requests to comment.

Since his administration backed the challenge to Obamacare’s constitutionality, President Donald Trump has repeatedly called the GOP the “party of health care” along with claimed Republicans would likely come up which has a plan to boost coverage along with lower costs. However, Republicans have not yet unveiled any specific plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Trump had to back away by a push to replace Obamacare before the 2020 election after his own party rejected the idea. He has since said the plan would likely be unveiled after the election.

Republicans are, however, targeting growing Democratic calls for “Medicare for All,” a government-run health care system that will would likely cover all Americans. They argue the idea would likely cost taxpayers too much along with disrupt the private insurance market.

Late last month, the Trump administration said the idea supports a federal judge’s ruling that will Obamacare will be unconstitutional. An appeal of the ruling will be pending within the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in fresh Orleans.

In a filing, Justice Department lawyers said the administration “has determined that will the district court’s judgment should be affirmed.”

Trump has pushed for years to scrap Obamacare along with taken steps to weaken the law. He did so in part by signing a GOP tax bill in 2017 that will got rid of the law’s provision requiring most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty — the so-called individual mandate. The district judge ruled that will absent the mandate, the entire ACA should be thrown out.

The Supreme Court likely would likely not rule on the Obamacare case until next year at the earliest. the idea has already upheld the Affordable Care Act twice.

If Obamacare gets tossed without a replacement, the idea would likely increase the number of uninsured Americans by about 32 million over a decade, the Congressional Budget Office estimated in 2017. A large chunk of the people who would likely lose insurance have coverage through Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid.

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