President Donald Trump made clear Wednesday he supports his Justice Department's move to back a full invalidation of the Affordable Care Act following a December court ruling, though it's a decision that's caused consternation.
An analysis by Bloomberg late previous year claimed that more than 20 million Americans have gained health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, either through the private health insurance exchanges set up by the law or through the expansion of Medicaid.
In a filing Monday with a federal Appeals Court in New Orleans, the administration said the entire law should be struck as unconstitutional. Health care, Scarborough warned, is an issue that Trump should "stay away from" because "it is the one issue that, more than any other issue, has proven the intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party-how they are void of ideas".
If it were successful, the Justice Department's position supporting the judge's ruling would potentially eliminate health care for millions of people and create widespread disruption across the USA health care system - from removing no-charge preventive services for older Americans on Medicare to voiding the expansion of Medicaid in most states.
Trump has previously used "enemy of the people" - echoing a Stalinist phrase used to describe political enemies - to describe the media, which he has always said does not give him accurate coverage.
"Serious concerns of constitutionality were raised by the late Justice Scalia, and I think his warning about the damage that could be done to our republic, that we see that in the current situation", Martin said.
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Now the Justice Department is moving to eradicate the Affordable Care Act altogether, arguing that it has no constitutional authority.
"The Republican Party will soon be known as the party of healthcare", the president said at the US Capitol on Tuesday.
The suit against the ACA was filed a year ago by a group of Republican state attorneys general and others opposed to the statute. But he predicted that the 5th Circuit, which he characterized as conservative, would affirm, in which case Supreme Court review would be likely. Such a major change typically would involve considerable planning and discussion at the Department of Health and Human Services but that didn't happen, said a person familiar with the decision-making process.
Asked how Republicans can repeal Obamacare with Nancy Pelosi wielding the speaker's gavel, Sen.
"We said before that the district court's decision was misguided and wrong", said Matt Eyles, president of America's Health Insurance Plans. In December the district court judge decided a zero-dollar penalty was no longer a tax and hence undermined the constitutionality of the entire law.
'The individual plaintiffs do not have standing to challenge the resulting law because they suffer no legal harm from the existence of a provision that offers them a lawful choice between buying insurance or doing nothing, ' they wrote in court papers.