President Donald Trump repeated his promise to protect those with pre-existing conditions on June 27 after asking the Supreme Court to terminate Obamacare.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, had a provision that protected people with preexisting conditions, ensuring they wouldnt lose their insurance. It is one of the most popular aspects of the law.
Trump has repeatedly said that protections for preexisting conditions will remain despite efforts by his administration to terminate the law.
“Now that the very expensive, unpopular and unfair Individual Mandate provision has been terminated by us, many States & the U.S. are asking the Supreme Court that Obamacare itself be terminated so that it can be replaced with a FAR BETTER AND MUCH LESS EXPENSIVE ALTERNATIVE,” said Trump in a message on Twitter.
“Obamacare is a joke! Deductible is far too high and the overall cost is ridiculous. My Administration has gone out of its way to manage OC much better than previous, but it is still no good. I will ALWAYS PROTECT PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS!!!” added Trump.
Earlier on Thursday, the administration appealed to the Supreme Court to terminate the ACA, asking justices to strike down the healthcare regulations.
Two federal courts have ruled that the acts individual mandate, which required people who did not have health insurance to pay a fine, violated the U.S. Constitution. The mandate, the Trump administration is arguing, is not severable from the rest of the act.
“The individual mandate cannot be severed from the remainder of the ACA,” Solicitor General Noel Francisco wrote in a new court filing (pdf). “The entire ACA thus must fall with the individual mandate.”
The Department of Justice filed the legal brief in support of states that are seeking to have Obamacare entirely struck down. The states include Texas, Florida, Kansas, South Dakota, and West Virginia.
California, Hawaii, Minnesota, and other states are seeking to have the act upheld.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, said in a statement that the ACA “has been life-changing and now through this pandemic, we can all see the value in having greater access to quality healthcare at affordable prices.”
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