House Democrats to unveil Affordable Care Act rescue package

House Democrats to unveil Affordable Care Act rescue package

House Democrats to unveil Affordable Care Act rescue package

Regardless of the outcome, the 5th Circuit's ruling is likely to be appealed to the Supreme Court, according to Politico.

"On the very first day that the Democratic Majority held the gavel, the House of Representatives voted to intervene against Republicans' monstrous health care lawsuit to defend people with pre-existing conditions and the health care of all Americans", Pelosi said in a statement.

According to Pelosi's office, the bill being unveiled Tuesday would make more middle-class people eligible for subsidized health insurance through former president Barack Obama's health law (Obamacare) while increasing aid for those with lower incomes who already qualify.

Some on the left had their hopes dashed after the Mueller Russia probe ended this weekend without new criminal indictments, but the party's top strategists - in the presidential campaigns and Congress - have always viewed bread-and-butter economic issues, including access to affordable medical treatment, as the key to their continued electoral success. On Monday, the Department of Justice changed its position in a court battle over Obamacare.

"As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster!"

Congressman Joe Kennedy III, D-Newtown, meanwhile, took to Twitter to highlight how several Americans could be impacted if the Trump administration succeeds in "gutting" protections for pre-existing conditions.

Three months later the president is putting his administration's legal muscle where his mouth is.

The Trump administration would not defend the law in court so a coalition of 21 Democratic states led by California stepped in.

It may not work out that way.

O'Connor's December ruling determined the program was unconstitutional because Congress, in its 2017 tax overhaul, eliminated a penalty for anyone lacking health insurance who failed to sign up for the program.

In December, O'Connor ruled that after Trump signed a $1.5 trillion tax bill passed by Congress previous year that eliminated the penalties, the individual mandate could no longer be considered constitutional.

The Justice Department did not explain its reasoning in a two-sentence letter to the court, but promised a full and timely explanation for the appeals judges.

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

Democrats credit the fight over health care with helping them recapture the house. "They do not want to replace it with an untested government system". Upending the law could prove politically risky for the Trump Administration and Republicans who are backing the law's repeal.

That would put the issue firmly back in the hands of politicians, which threatens to hurt Republicans in 2020 as they revive their decade-long quest to gut the law without a viable replacement. Reports have indicated that Mr Trump also has interest in legislation targeting high prescription drug prices, with his eyes on a re-election as well.

Republican Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri says there is a border crisis and says Trump acted "well within his legal authority".

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