Court blocks Trump rule allowing cheaper health insurance

Court blocks Trump rule allowing cheaper health insurance

Kerry Wise
April 2, 2019

Judge Andrew Napolitano said the Trump administration's push to overturn the Affordable Care Act could be "politically catastrophic" for the Republican Party.

U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg in Washington, D.C., last week blocked Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky and Arkansas approved by the Trump administration. These plans do not have to provide maternity coverage and other "essential benefits" required by the Affordable Care Act. The plans also can be offered across state lines, an attempt to deliver on a major Trump campaign promise.

Lawmakers are all saying Trump has to come up with a plan, that they're not going to do it. Bates said he agreed with states challenging the rule that the Department of Labor stretched the definition of the "employer". But the plans don't seem to have had a major impact.

"Claxton estimated that only a few thousand people may be covered by association plans at the moment".

Trump has said association health plans would let Americans "escape some of Obamacare's most burdensome mandates".

The president has repeatedly talked up the opportunity to become the 'party of health care, ' even though Republicans failed to pass a bill to repeal the law when they had unified control.

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President Donald Trump is counting on the courts to kill off "Obamacare", after losing in Congress. In the case of plans for small business and sole proprietors, the administration's regulation granted them similar flexibility as enjoyed by big companies.

Utah is among 20 states suing to have the law struck down. That ruling is now on appeal. And the association would also count as an employer, for a total of 52 employers.

The publication reports that it is the president himself who is behind the effort, following inside coverage last week that the decision was a product of a bitter internal fight that split acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney from two cabinet secretaries. Trump said last week his subordinates were 'working on a plan now'.

The president has recently escalated his attacks against the Affordable Care Act and predicted the health care law, which insures millions of Americans, will be "terminated" in court. He says Republicans are working on a replacement plan, but Congressman Peter Welch says that simply isn't true. Many congressional Republicans see the Texas lawsuit as a political land mine.

Numerous Democrats campaigned on universal health care in 2018, and after the blue wave in the House, Republicans who were smart realized that health care would be a good issue for them to avoid as much as possible this year. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week joined in unveiling legislation that would shore up and expand the ACA, allowing many more middle-class households to qualify for assistance paying their premiums.