Trump administration wants all of 'Obamacare' struck down

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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.

In a letter (below) to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals the DOJ states it "has determined that the district court's judgement should be affirmed", meaning it will not appeal the judge's ruling declaring the individual mandate unconstitutional.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks Tuesday at a news conference about strengthening the Affordable Care Act, which the Trump administration seeks to invalidate.

An effort by House Democrats to override President Donald Trump's first veto has failed. In a pre-election CBS News poll, 68 percent of respondents said that health care would be a very important issue in deciding their votes. "I may not have been asked about the Mueller report at town hall meetings, but I was sure asked about health care". Pelosi has accused the Trump administration of jeopardizing the health care of millions with its attempt to scrap Obamacare through the courts. "And we will never stop working to protect your care".

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"We have been clear, I think, as a nation that we value and we want all Americans to be able to have access to affordable health care, period", Harris said. According to AP VoteCast, a survey of more than 115,000 midterm voters nationwide, almost 4 in 10 Democratic voters identified health care as the most important among a list of key issues including immigration, the economy and the environment. The court upheld the law in 2012 and rejected a challenge to it in 2015.

Timothy Jost, an emeritus professor at the Washington and Lee University law school, called the Justice Department's new position "crazy" and "legally untenable". Building the wall was one of Trump's most repeated campaign pledges, though he said it would be paid for by Mexico, not taxpayers.

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It evoked condemnation from the Organization of American States, which comprises 35 countries in North and South America.

Though expected to pass the Democrat-controlled House, the bill will immediately fail in the Republican-controlled Senate. "And we will continue to fight for bold action to lower prescription drug prices".

U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor in Texas had ruled the law, known as the Affordable Care Act, was no longer constitutional because Congress had repealed the requirement that people buy insurance or pay a penalty. He had also refused to defend provisions that ban insurers from denying coverage or charging more to people with pre-existing conditions.

Repeal of Obamacare in its entirety would risk making more than 20 million people uninsured.

The legislation would also reinstate ACA advertising and outreach budgets and prevent the Trump administration from issuing many waivers that let states tailor how they provide coverage, Pelosi's office told PBS. However, during the 2017 congressional debate over repealing the health law, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated the GOP replacement plans would result in steep coverage losses. Republicans appeared ready to back up the president on health care for now.

"The president will be fine in the House", said Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., in a brief interview. President Barack Obama's former solicitor general, Donald Verrilli - who once defended the law before the Supreme Court - is now defending the law on behalf of the Democratic-led House.

The DOJ's letter in the affordable care act case in the Fifth Circuit. "President Trump's actions to improve healthcare options stand in stark contrast to Democrats" disgusting "Medicare for All' alternative, which would devastate our country".