Democrats pounce as Trump administration ratchets up attack on Obamacare

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. leaves a House Democratic meeting in the U.S. Capitol Building on Capitol Hill in Washington Monday

In a Monday federal appeals court filing, President Trump's Justice Department announced its support of a December appeals court decision that would invalidate the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA).

"Tonight in federal court, the Trump administration decided not only to try to destroy protections for Americans living with pre-existing conditions, but to declare all-out war on the health care of the American people", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Monday.

However, some people pointed out that Trump was being strategic with the tweet.

Pelosi reportedly plans to roll out these proposals in individual bites, forcing House Republicans to cast votes augmenting their opposition to the increasingly popular health-care program (none of this is likely to see the light of day in Mitch McConnell's Senate).

"This is an escalation of the Trump administration and Republicans' attacks on protections for people with pre-existing conditions", said Senator Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat and minority leader, in a speech Tuesday.

Team Trump's move on Obamacare is looking more and more like a major unforced error.

Top Democrats, including presidential candidates, said health care is an issue that resonates with voters more than the Mueller investigation.

Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans are still attempting to undermine the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. 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.

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Democrats are happy to be discussing health care, two days after Attorney General William Barr dealt a blow to the president's opponents by revealing that the special counsel investigation found no instance of collusion with Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

In December, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth sided with a group of Republicans - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spearheaded the lawsuit, alongside 19 states - who sued to end ObamaCare, arguing that congress had eliminated a key provision in the legislation when it passed the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. After years of promising to "repeal and replace Obamacare", Republicans learned in 2017 that coming up with an alternative to the law was harder than it looked. Trump's vow to repeal the law was a central promise of his 2016 campaign.

"The Department of Justice has determined that the district court's judgment should be affirmed", they wrote, asking that no "portion of the district court's judgment be reversed".

"Ohioans deserve a health care system that puts patients in the driver's seat to make it more affordable, more accessible and higher quality", said Gonzalez, a co-sponsor of Joyce's bill. "I've always thought that requiring the American people to buy insurance that they do not want or need goes beyond the constitutional powers of Congress".

Trump's Department of Justice (DOJ) had previously taken the position that it would not defend the law's protections for people with pre-existing conditions, though other parts could stay.

Neither Medicare for all nor Democrats' latest health care package have chances of passing the Republican-controlled Senate. "Come to think of it, let's do that regardless", Buttigieg said.

"I can't believe that even the 5th Circuit would take that position", he said in an interview, suggesting that arguably the nation's most conservative appeals court would still be reluctant to accept the reasoning backed by the administration.

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