The Trump Administration announced on Thursday that it was supporting a legal challenge arguing the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions are unconstitutional. This stunning, partisan political move threatens to completely undermine access to health care for people who have a pre-existing condition in their medical history.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement:
“Given the fact that Sen. Heller has joined Washington Republicans in backing health care repeal and slashing coverage protections for pre-existing conditions in the past, Nevadans need to know where their senator stands on President Trump’s latest effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.”
Vox: The Trump administration believes Obamacare’s preexisting conditions protections are now unconstitutional
The Trump administration argued in a court brief filed on Thursday that Obamacare’s protections for preexisting conditions should be ruled unconstitutional, opening up another front in the White House’s crusade to roll back the law’s core insurance reforms.
The brief was filed in a case brought by several conservative states, led by Texas, which argued that because Republicans in Congress repealed Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty in their tax bill, the mandate is now unconstitutional — and so is the rest of the law.
Usually, a presidential administration defends current law, but the Trump administration took a different tack, agreeing with the conservative states that the mandate and, with it, the law’s rules that prohibits insurers from denying people health insurance or charging them higher rates should now be found unconstitutional.