Democrats defend Obamacare, Trump administration pushes to strike down entire law

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Trump Justice Dept. Asks Court of Appeals to Erase Obamacare

When asked for comment on the legal filing, Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec told ABC News, "The Department of Justice has determined that the district court's comprehensive opinion came to the correct conclusion and will support it on appeal". It's now on appeal after a lower court judge voided the law in a December ruling. Heading into next year's election, Democrats will nearly certainly attempt to capitalize on the Trump administration's decision not to defend the rest of the law, including the Medicaid expansion that provides health coverage for millions and the subsidies for middle class people buying private insurance on the ACA's exchanges.

Opposition Democrats, who have seen the law survive previous legal and legislative attacks, view the Affordable Care Act as a signature achievement of former president Barack Obama.

"Because the U.S.is not urging the any portion of the district court's judgement be reversed, the government intends to file a brief on the appellees' schedule".

Still, it remains unclear how they might rule in the new case.

In a filing with the appellate court on March 25, the Justice Department said it supports the federal judge's ruling that invalidated the ACA. A federal judge in Texas ruled in December that Obamacare is is unconstitutional because of the change in federal tax law passed by Republicans in Congress in 2017. The Justice Department move also occurred hours before House Democrats were scheduled to unveil their proposal to shore up the health law - setting up another battle line for the 2020 contests.

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The bill will get a vote in the House, but as a package, it has no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Senate.

Yet it's an issue Democrats have struggled to stay focused on after taking the House in January and effectively neutering the Republican threat to repeal the 2010 law.

The Affordable Care Act has extended coverage to about 20 million Americans through private insurance marketplaces and an expansion of Medicaid. "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.

The administration's move didn't only startle supporters of the law.

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While this is not the immediate end to the Affordable Care Act, it is one step closer to its demise. It has always been a target of conservatives for its tax hikes, regulations and new spending, which they argue have exacerbated the health care system.

Jonathan Adler, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University, agreed and called the administration's maneuver "unconventional".

A group of 17 mostly Democratic-led states including California and NY on Monday argued in court papers that the law was constitutional because the individual mandate is a "lawful choice between buying insurance or doing nothing".

Officials said there were legal grounds only to strike down the law's consumer protections, including those for people with pre-existing health conditions.

"The Department of Justice has determined that the district court's judgment should be affirmed", three Justice Department lawyers wrote to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is now considering the case.

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