U.S judge strikes down rule allowing 'skimpy' health insurance plans

Phillip Cunningham
April 4, 2019

Republicans can choose whether to respond to that attack by pointing to their own plan, or by letting Democrats devise a caricatured conservative plan to tie to them. Note, however, that it was considerations much like these that kept Republicans from settling on a health-care plan during the Obama administration: They did not want to take responsibility for legislation they had no way to enact. "Doing away with insurance for kids who are 26 years of age or younger who are on their parents' plans, doing away with the protections that the ACA has for preexisting conditions", said Sanders.

But beyond pre-existing conditions protections, Mulvaney did not address how the 8.4 million Americans who have coverage through HealthCare.gov and state exchanges would all maintain their coverage under a potential GOP replacement plan.

Trump's decision to support a ruling that would fully dismantle Obamacare, even as his administration has no viable alternative, is a risky gamble.

Romney, R-Utah, is familiar with health care having passed a program as governor of MA that became a precursor to "Obamacare". These plans do not have to provide maternity coverage and other "essential benefits" required by the Affordable Care Act.


Romney campaigned for the repeal and replacement of former President Barack Obama's health care law, but not with another one-size-fits-all bureaucratic plan.

But President Donald Trump is attacking the ACA via the courts, declaring his support for the anti-ACA lawsuit Texas v. Azar (which asserts that the entire law should be struck down as unconstitutional). According to a report in Axios, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., the minority leader in the House, told Trump over the phone that his renewed fight against the Affordable Care Act "made no sense" in light of the fact that Democrats successfully fended off multiple GOP attempts to repeal the law in 2017. "They simply can not help themselves". We are working on trying to bring down the price for prescription drugs.

The rule was the Trump administration's latest effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

About 11.8 million consumers nationwide enrolled in 2018 Obamacare exchange plans, according to the US government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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