Trump officials tell one court Obamacare is failing and another it’s thriving

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He went on to ask: "Why does Congress want the judiciary to be a taxidermist for every big-game legislative accomplishment it achieves?" Citizens who chose not to buy health insurance had to pay a penalty, a provision the US Supreme Court upheld in 2012 as lawful under Congress's taxing authority. Because the case is before one of the most conservative appellate courts in the country, it is nearly guaranteed to wind up in the Supreme Court.

The judges focused on whether Obamacare lost its legal justification after Trump in 2017 signed a law that eliminated a tax penalty used to enforce the law's mandate that all Americans buy health insurance. The mandate requires almost all Americans to get health insurance or pay a penalty.

Tuesday's arguments are the latest in a lawsuit filed by Republican officials in 18 states, led by the Texas Attorney General's Office. But the administration made waves earlier this year when the Justice Department weighed in on the case, filing a brief saying that it agreed with the district court's ruling that the entire ACA is unconstitutional. Kevin Cramer (R-N. Dakota) "If the court decides it's not [constitutional], then we have our work cut out for us".

Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas, one of the lead states fighting the law, has said his government is ready with "replacement healthcare insurance" that includes coverage for pre-existing conditions. Instead, the House's lawyer said, it is the judges' responsibility to "save everything you can unless it is evident Congress didn't mean that and would've preferred no statute".

More than 800,000 Washingtonians depend on the ACA for their health care. In fact, he argued "there's less coercion than there was before" to buy insurance. This is not one of Ferguson's 40 lawsuits against the Trump Administration.

Sununu's statement comes on the day that lawyers in a federal case that could overturn the Affordable Care Act hold oral arguments.

Overturning the Affordable Care Act would be a dream come true for Trump, who campaigned on the promise to repeal the law but has so far failed to deliver.

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"All the court has to do is look at the text of the [tax law], see that Congress zeroed out the only thing enforceable", he said.

"Today we saw an administration pressed to explain why affordable care, and American lives, should be put at risk", said California Attorney General Xavier Beccera, who is leading defense of the law. They argue that the mandate remains constitutional and that the rest of the law, in any event, can stand without it.

Approximately 700,000 Coloradans have pre-existing conditions protected by Obamacare. That year, Democrats surged back in ME and around the country, capturing the both houses of the Legislature and the Blaine House here and the US House of Representatives in Washington.

Depending on the outcome of the appeal, Texas v.

But two of the three appointees, both Republicans, appeared skeptical about Democrats' argument that Republicans did not intend to invalidate the entirety of the law by removing the financial penalty for not purchasing health insurance. Senior residents have saved money on their Medicare protection and prescription drugs. It lets many Americans obtain free birth control, mammograms and cholesterol tests.

Still, the cost of health care for other individuals, and for small business owners, has risen as insurers raised rates to cover people with expensive pre-existing conditions and meet other requirements of the health care law, including lifting an annual cap on claims and the ACA's expansion of health benefits. It is unclear how similar this policy will be to the administration's global price index proposal which would cap USA drug payments based on average of prices paid in an index of developed nations.

Republican opponents call the law an unwarranted intervention by government in health insurance markets, while supporters say striking it down would threaten the healthcare of 20 million people who have gained insurance since its enactment.

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