Politico had an article about Trump’s continued attempts to sabotage Obamacare. The Trump administration asked a U.S. District Court in Texas to strike the most popular part of Obamacare. “Republicans who have tried to repeal Obamacare for nearly a decade believe the Trump administration is reviving a politically risky battle with a court filing that could eliminate one of the most popular parts of the law: protections for people with pre-existing conditions.” The Trump administration wants a federal court to strike the protections despite their popularity and the needed protection against insurance companies unfair practices.
Few congressional Republicans agree with the Trump administration and none rushed to defend the administration’s move, instead emphasizing their support for preserving pre-existing condition protections. “I’m not going to have to defend anything I don’t agree with — regardless of who says it,” said Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee when asked if he would defend the administration’s request on the campaign trail this fall.
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine — one of three GOP senators who blocked the Obamacare repeal effort last year — also pushed back, warning the administration’s new bid “exacerbates our current challenges” and could undermine key patient protections.
In 2017, “I introduced [an amendment that] would guarantee coverage for pre-existing conditions. I think that’s a pretty essential pact with the American people,” said Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.). “We need to let them go forward and see if it goes anywhere. Right now they’ve simply made an appeal to the court.”
The insurance industry has already blamed the Trump administration of increased premiums because of decisions to undermine the health law, such as cutting off a key subsidy program to help low-income people pay their out-of-pocket health expenses.
“The insurance industry trade group America’s Health Insurance Plans swiftly broke with the Trump administration Friday, warning that eliminating Obamacare’s major protections would be “destabilizing” to the market and drive premiums even higher. AHIP signaled it will file an amicus brief in the case, officially siding with the blue states that have stepped in to defend the law’s constitutionality.”
“Removing those provisions will result in renewed uncertainty in the individual market, create a patchwork of requirements in the states, cause rates to go even higher for older Americans and sicker patients, and make it challenging to introduce products and rates for 2019,” the group said in a statement.