In a court filing, the Donald Trump administration has made it clear that it will not defend key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and said that the Obamacare’s individual mandate — requiring people to have health insurance or pay a fine — is unconstitutional. The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) also said that the ACA’s provision of barring insurers from rejecting coverage for pre-existing conditions should be invalidated.
The filing came on June 7, 2018, in response to a lawsuit brought by a group of Republican-led states, including Texas, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas challenging the ACA. As per the states, after the Congress repealed the Obamacare’s individual mandate last year, it has weakened other sections of the health care law.
In a letter addressed to the Congress, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that President Donald Trump has approved the legal strategy. According to the DoJ, the requirement that made it mandatory for people to have health insurance was unconstitutional. As the DoJ is known to defend federal laws when they’re challenged in a court, its recent move has come as a major surprise for many.
As per the Trump administration, it agrees with the states that absence of a fine made the individual mandate unconstitutional. It also said that the Act’s provisions that shielded individuals with medical conditions from being charged higher insurance premiums or denied coverage as well as limiting the insurance amount that could be charged from older Americans should also be abolished. However, the administration agreed with the rest of the law, including the part containing Medicaid expansion.
Republican move attracts criticism
The move has met severe opposition from several individuals, and groups. As per Brad Woodhouse, campaign director at Protect Our Care, the latest effort shows how far Republicans could go to in their crusade to undermine the American health care system. According to Donald Verrilli Jr., Barack Obama’s top Supreme Court lawyer, the decision was a “sad moment,” and that it was impossible for him to believe that many of the talented lawyers at the DoJ could not come up with sufficient arguments to defend the ACA that had made a difference to millions of American lives.
The latest Republican move has also been opposed by California and several other states. Calling the move as “irresponsible and dangerous,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said that the lawsuit is based on a dubious claim with its main goal to strip Americans of their health care.
Several insurance companies in the U.S. deny coverage to individuals grappling with mental health and addiction problems. The Medicaid managed care organizations — insurers that administer benefits for Medicaid – have been found blocking coverage for residential inpatient treatment for addiction and mental conditions.
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