This Texas lawsuit could spell the end of ObamaCare

08 September, 2018, 15:25 | Author: Veronica Peterson
  • The Affordable Care Act is under fire again in federal court

The case is being brought by a group of 20 Republican state attorneys general and the governors of ME and Mississippi.

"The Republican-backed lawsuit that seeks to take away protections from people with pre-existing conditions makes the stakes as high as could be", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said at a news conference.

The Republican attorneys general say they still believe the entire law should be invalidated, but if that does not happen, they would accept the elimination of the preexisting condition protections.

Some 52 million adults age 18 to 64 - or 27 percent of this population - have pre-existing conditions that would have led to a denial of coverage in the individual market prior to the Affordable Care Act, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

"For years people like Mike DeWine have fought to overturn the Affordable Care Act", Dettelbach said of the OH attorney general, who is now running for governor. But it did say that without the tax, the provisions of the law requiring insurance companies to sell to people with preexisting conditions and not charge them more should fall, beginning January 1, 2019.

Unexpected medical bills also ranked higher than other pocketbook concerns such as gasoline or transportation costs (46%), monthly utility bills (43%) and rent or mortgage (41%). About 80 percent of those people receive subsidies.

Half (50%) of those who had an unexpected medical bill say the amount they were expected to pay was less than $500 overall.

President Trump recently has publicly criticized several drug companies and called on them to lower the cost of their prescription drugs. Yet some GOP strategists said the Democrats' strategy would backfire. There will be very few reductions in coverage.

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There are large partisan differences. More independents say it will not be effective than will be effective (57% v. 41%). "Until and unless a viable replacement is created, the current law deserves defending in every court in this country and certainly by the administration charged with representing all people, regardless of their health".

Six years ago, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. cited Congress' taxing authority in upholding the mandate, which was crafted to prod healthy people into the new marketplace.

The suit alleges that the health-care law is unconstitutional because of a recent change in federal tax law that will soon end a penalty for Americans who violate the law's requirement that most people carry health insurance. About six in 10 (62%) say a major reason for rising costs is due to the expense of new drugs, treatments, and medical technologies.

It's too early to say if the ACA's turnabout will be fleeting or more permanent. What's more, instead of defending access to health care on behalf of the American people, the Trump administration-the named defendant in the suit- is arguing that the court should strike down preexisting condition protections. The judge has previously blocked Obama-era efforts to extend medical leave protections to same-sex couples and to include gender-identity discrimination as a form of sex discrimination under the health law. In June, when Washington corruption wasn't offered as an option, health care and the economy topped the list of topics voters want to hear candidates discuss. "There is more competition".

"Short-term, limited-duration insurance is not subject to the requirement to provide essential health benefits and is not subject to the prohibitions on pre-existing condition exclusions or lifetime and annual dollar limits", federal regulators wrote in the rule expanding short-term plans.

Last week, Vice President Mike Pence appeared to give Democrats more ammunition, telling reporters that if Republicans do well in the fall midterms, the party would make another attempt to repeal the ACA next year.

This month marks the 90th time that KFF has asked about the public's perception of the Affordable Care Act on a poll since April 2010. Similar shares of Republicans hold unfavorable views (78%) as Democrats hold favorable views (77%).

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