USA court to decide future of Obamacare

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Fox and other health policy experts spoke to reporters as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard oral arguments in Texas v. Azar, the latest in a long line of Republican attempts to overturn the ACA, also known as Obamacare, through Congress and the courts.

A question at the heart of the case is whether the Affordable Care Act's mandate requiring most Americans to buy health insurance or pay a tax penalty remained constitutional after Congress eliminated the penalty as part of the tax overhaul that Mr. Trump signed in 2017.

California's attorney general represents a coalition of mostly Democratic-led states and the District of Columbia seeking to overturn O'Connor's ruling and uphold the law. They argued that since the U.S. Supreme Court had upheld the ACA in 2012 specifically because it was a valid exercise of Congress' taxing power, taking the tax away makes the entire rest of the law unconstitutional.

"The choice today is between the Affordable Care Act, which insures over 20 million Americans, which guarantees that people with pre-existing conditions can not be discriminated against", he said on the floor of the Senate, "and nothing, no protections, no expansion of Medicaid, no subsidies for individuals to buy private insurance".

Insurance companies will be allowed to use premiums for unlimited executive bonuses instead of paying for the health care of their customers.

Republican Attorneys General, led by Texas, filed the challenge to the ACA in February 2018 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Obamacare, formally called the Affordable Care Act, was one of the most consequential healthcare measures in U.S. history.

In a statement released July 9, CHA emphasized that the ACA brings health care to 20 million Americans, 12 million of whom are low income individuals.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who spoke in the Senate Tuesday, said this would hurt people like Conner Curran, 8, of Ridgefield. And the law has faced sabotage both from GOP-controlled state governments and, since 2017, the Trump administration. It provides subsidized health insurance for low-income Americans, mandates coverage for those with preexisting health conditions, sets financial rules for all health insurance, and so on.

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Asked about the court case, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised lawmakers would uphold protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions if the health law is struck down.

Any kind of ruling by the appeals court, however, is likely to send the ACA to the Supreme Court. Traditionally, an administration - even one that did not work to pass the law in question - defends existing law in court. The U.S. House also intervened after Democrats won control in November's elections during which many focused their campaigns on defending Obamacare.

The Trump administration, however, is testing the limits of this restraint, he said.

Furthermore, the plaintiffs here argue that the Affordable Care Act can not function without the penalty.

"I'm not opposed to the ACA because it was President [Barack] Obama's crown jewel", Higgins said in the hearing Thursday.

The lawsuit against the ACA was brought by 20 Republican state attorneys general and governors, as well as two individuals - though the number of attorneys general is now down to 18 after Democrats took control of ME and Wisconsin in the midterm election past year.

But it remains unclear what, exactly, would be severed from the law.

"One-third of people under the age of 65 in Alabama, more than 942,000 people have a pre-existing condition and could be denied coverage or charged so much more for their health care", Jones said.

"The Supreme Court said unequivocally, either you shall maintain health insurance or incur a tax", he said, adding that it doesn't matter if that tax is $0.