Trump Administration Files Request to Strike Down All of ACA

Arguing in a federal appeals court filing that the law is unconstitutional.
May 7, 2019

On May 1, the Trump administration formally declared its opposition to the entire Affordable Care Act, arguing in a federal appeals court filing that the law is unconstitutional and should be struck down. Such a decision could leave about 21 million Americans without health insurance and would impact millions more who benefit from the law’s protections for people with preexisting medical conditions and required coverage for pregnancy, prescription drugs, and mental health.

In filing the brief, the administration abandoned its earlier position that some portions of the law, including the provision allowing states to expand their Medicaid programs, should stand. The filing was made in a case challenging the law, which was filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and 17 other Republican-led states and is now before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The U.S. House has joined the case to defend the law.


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