A new Reuters / Ipsos poll shows that nearly 60% of potential voters in the country want the Affordable Care Act to be maintained.
The Trump administration announced Monday in a federal court that it would ask judges to dismiss the Affordable Care Act, a decision that throws additional uncertainty about the future of the future. 39, a federal law that extends health insurance to millions of Americans.
Justice Department lawyers said in a letter filed in the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans that a lower court ruling that the health law was unconstitutional " should be confirmed "and that" the United States does not ask any part of the district court judgment to be overturned ".
A coalition of Republican-led states has filed a lawsuit in the Texas vs. Texas case. United States, in which he argued that the entire health law should be rejected.
In a December decision, Reed J. Connor of the US District Court of the Northern District of Texas concurred with the argument put forward by the States under the Gov. health was unconstitutional. The judge ruled that the constitutional foundation of the law – the requirement for people to buy insurance or pay a penalty – was no longer constitutional because Congress had repealed the penalty. O & # 39; Connor ruled that since this provision is essential to the law of health, it must be invalidated.
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The Trump administration had said it would not defend the individual warrant in court, but Justice Department lawyers had nonetheless claimed that parts of the law, including the Medicaid extension, which covered millions of people , could survive. Monday's Justice Ministry letter reversed this position, saying the government was now in agreement with O & # 39; Connor that the entire law was to go away.
"The indication by the Department of Justice that she will uphold the judgment of Judge O. Connor in its entirety suggests that he now believes that the overall status must fall, from coverage of pre-existing conditions to the Medicaid extension, among others, "said Steve Vladek, a law professor at the University of Texas. "This is a major position change, which would have huge consequences if it was finally accepted by the courts."
Democrats have vowed to defend the 2010 health bill, signed by President Barack Obama, despite repeated attempts by the Chinese government to challenge the law in court and Congress.
A group of 17 Democratic Attorneys General have filed documents to intervene in this case and defend the health law. The decision of the lower court is suspended pending a decision of the court of appeal.
House Democrats also held several hearings highlighting provisions of the health law, including a provision that prevents insurers from denying coverage due to existing health problems.
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