President Donald Trump's Justice Department concurred Monday with a federal judge's determination that the framework of the ACA, also known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional.
It rolls back Trump actions expanding skimpier health insurance plans, giving states the freedom to undermine the law's benefits requirements, and cutting enrollment outreach funding.
Democrats released the bill the day after the Trump administration said it wanted the entire health care law thrown out by the courts, underscoring the striking divide between the two parties on an issue at the top of voters' minds.
Sources tell Fox News that Republicans are anxious they would be blamed if the law is ruled unconstitutional, a decision that would create an immediate vacuum in the American health care system and toss millions of people off health care plans because of pre-existing conditions.
As for Democratic incumbents and Democratic challengers up in 2020, the choice between nothing and Obamacare-plus will provide the stark contrast they seek to make with Republicans.
A coalition of Republican-led states filed a lawsuit in Texas previous year against the federal government, arguing that Congress' decision to eliminate the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate penalty - a fee Americans paid if they didn't enroll in some form of health insurance coverage - should render the entire law invalid.
While this case won't be resolved anytime soon, the Trump administration's decision to advocate for the end of the current system gives 2020 candidates an opportunity to hammer Republicans for being against the improvements Obamacare made to the USA healthcare system without a way of ensuring that whatever comes next will be better.
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Trump told the attendees of the Senate GOP lunch on Tuesday that Congress needs to come up with a better law than the Affordable Care Act, and he has repeatedly hyped the GOP as the "party of health care", despite that party's reluctance to engage the issue.
Trump on Tuesday called on Republicans to revive the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Asked how Republicans can repeal Obamacare with Nancy Pelosi wielding the speaker's gavel, Sen.
While Sabato said it is already too late to pass an alternative health care plan through Congress before the election, Trump's goal is to rally conservatives who oppose Obamacare.
The US Supreme Court had previously upheld the penalty, which was created to avoid free-riding on the US healthcare system, as a constitutional exercise of the federal government's power to tax. Depending on the outcome, the Supreme Court could eventually step in and offer its final judgement - potentially stretching the legal proceedings years into the future.
About 20 million Americans gained health insurance when the Affordable Care Act financed a large expansion of Medicaid. "The real fear I have is the Democrats' plan of Medicare for All".
"There is no Bernie Sanders of free market health care in the Republican Party.there's no Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez", said Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies at the libertarian Cato Institute. Yet some Republican think tanks, particularly the influential Heritage Foundation, are looking to drum up interest on Capitol Hill in their ideas to overhaul the health care system.