In a stunning move that would leave millions of Americans without healthcare, The Trump administration officially took measures on Wednesday to end the Affordable Care Act by joining with several Republican states to file federal appeals for its complete reversal.
The GOP told the courts that the 2017 move to remove the tax penalty for not having insurance then rendered the ACA unconstitutional and was ruled as such. If this is upheld and allowed to stand, more than 20 million Americans will lose their current healthcare. This battle seems to have left the front lines in the recent year but this move will re-ignite the flames just in time for the 2020 presidential election cycle. Conveniently enough, as Trump pushes this fight back into the faces of the American people, threatening to take their health insurance along the way, he also promises a NEW and BETTER healthcare plan to replace it after the 2020 election.
It’s important to note that early on, the Trump administration had a completely different view on “Obamacare”, saying that while certain parts of it, like coverage for pre-existing conditions, should be repealed, it would agree to leave other parts, like Medicaid expansion, alone. Now all that has changed. The Trump administration wants to see it ALL overturned. They released the following statement:
“The remaining provisions of the ACA should not be allowed to remain in effect — again, even if the government might support some individual positions as a policy matter.”Trump Administration statement on the ACA
Democratic attorneys general and the U.S. House of Representatives have appealed the ruling handed down from U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor in 2017 and hope to keep Obamacare, which provides coverage to so many Americans, in place. Appeals are said to be heard in court this July.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra released a statement in defense of the ACA on Wednesday:
“Our legal coalition will vigorously defend the law and the Americans President Trump has abandoned.”California Attorney General Xavier Becerra
Trump could win the court battle, sure, but at what cost? If the ACA is overturned, it doesn’t just remove health insurance. It will also end Medicaid coverage for millions of Americans who benefit from the expansion, it will kick millions of young Americans off of their parents’ insurance, and it will also be the end of coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Ultimately, the final say on the matter will come from the Supreme Court, who have previously saved the ACA twice since its inception in 2010.