House Democrats are rolling out a plan to strengthen the Affordable Care Act that would expand federal insurance subsidies and reverse the Trump administration's attacks on the health care law - but avoids the party's internal fight about more ambitious proposals to extend health coverage. "Mitch and Nancy, get it done", Trump said.
And Axios noted that the Trump administration had initially argued that the courts should only toss out the individual mandate and protections for pre-existing conditions. That is was exit polls indicate, and it is also what House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca.) told fellow House Republicans behind closed doors earlier this year.
"More than anything else, he focused on health care", said Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana. But after embracing the failed Republican attempt to repeal the health care law and and leave as many as 32 million more Americans without coverage, he administratively took steps that raised insurance premiums for most policies while approving lower-cost alternatives that offered little coverage.
"In two short sentences, the Trump administration crystallized its position that the health care coverage enjoyed by almost 20 million people, as well as the protections by tens of millions more with preexisting conditions, should be annihilated", he said.
And if Democratic presidential candidates don't get too loud and contentious about their differences over how to achieve universal coverage, that's probably the where the battle lines will stay. "That's a major shift in position, and would have enormous consequences if ultimately accepted by the courts".
But while the GOP has no official plan to replace the health care law, the president is convinced that he can make repealing it seem appealing.
U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor ruled late past year that the health care law's individual coverage mandate "can no longer be sustained as an exercise of Congress's tax power", according to reports.More news: Leaked: Xbox One S All-Digital Details
"The Department of Justice has determined that the district court's judgment should be affirmed", it said, adding: "The United States is not urging that any portion of the district court's judgment be reversed".
The DOJ previously argued in court that the law's pre-existing condition protections should be struck down.
Texas and its allied states assert that because Congress in 2017 zeroed out the tax penalty for violating Obamacare's individual mandate to buy insurance, the measure is no longer constitutional, and that the rest of the law is "inseverable" from it and "therefore invalid".
"Trump has a history of broken promises on health care and we're the opposite", Pallone said.
"Protecting people with pre-existing conditions from insurance companies' discrimination is imperative", Turner said.
The administration's move didn't only startle supporters of the law. "Come to think of it, let's do that regardless", Buttigieg said.
Nearly immediately the decision was appealed by a group of pro-ACA attorneys general led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the case is now at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.