Trump administration now says entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down

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Sen. Collins of ME, who has pressed her colleagues to stabilize Obama's health care law, said she was "vehemently opposed" to invalidating the entire law, urging the administration to work with Congress to make changes. Previously, the administration said it only wanted to throw out the law's protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions, but that the rest of the law could stay.

Tlaib has been working behind-the-scenes to get colleagues to put their name on the resolution that directs the House Judiciary Committee to inquire whether President Donald Trump committed impeachable offenses.

"Just Al Green and I", Tlaib said, adding that she does not think there will be any others who come forward with their support. He pledged to "always protect Americans with pre-existing conditions".

That went against the administration's earlier position that while some parts of the ACA should be struck down, not all of it should be thrown out.

President Trump has already ended healthcare cost-sharing reduction subsidies, the Republican Party has held dozens of votes to repeal the ACA, and Trump's new budget proposal aims to cut $1.5 trillion from Medicaid and $845 billion from Medicare.

The debate pitted the President's Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and now Attorney General William Barr - who opposed fully striking down the law - against acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and policy officials allied with him, a source close to the White House said.

Now the Justice Department is moving to eradicate the Affordable Care Act altogether, arguing that it has no constitutional authority. It's rare for Justice to decline to defend a federal law.

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The position is a change for the Justice Department after it argued previous year that swaths of the 2010 law - but not all of it - should be struck down in the case Texas brought against the government.

In a filing with a federal appeals court, the Justice Department said it agreed with a December ruling by a federal judge in Texas that struck down one of the biggest legislative accomplishments of the Obama administration as unconstitutional. "But, the reality is the court decision is likely not until the summer of 2020, by the time it would reach the Supreme Court".

The summary of the report says Mueller could not decide whether Trump obstructed justice and left that up to the Justice Department. Trump has great faith in his ability to fool people, but by now the public has probably figured out that the only Republican plan for health care is to not have a plan.

The president continues to pick a fight on Twitter and at political rallies with the late Sen. John McCain of Arizona that saved the law. Also on Monday, Rudy Giuliani and the president's campaign manager Brad Parscale drew a crowd to the Trump International Hotel, less than a mile from the White House. It also comes as senior Democrats like House Minority Whip James E. Clyburn are calling on his party to focus on so-called "pocketbook issues" like healthcare.

After the Justice Department took that position, federal District Judge Reed O'Connor struck down the entire law and the case is now before a federal appeals court. Some estimate that up to 20 million Americans could lose their health insurance policies.

Signed almost 10 years ago, the health law remains in place while the lawsuit continues.

An analysis by Bloomberg late past 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.

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