Trump administration would gut protections for those with pre-existing conditions

Trump administration would gut protections for those with pre-existing conditions

The DOJ in fact sided in large part with the states, arguing that the law's protections for people with pre-existing conditions should be invalidated.

One Utah health advocacy group warned Friday that the move could have negative financial consequences for hundreds of thousands of Utahns with pre-existing health conditions.

In short: The federal government is declining to defend federal law.

The Justice Department's decision was announced Thursday in a filing in federal court in Texas. The District of Columbia and 32 states have opted to expand Medicaid eligibility under the ACA to nonelderly adults with incomes up to 138% of poverty level; several other states are considering expansion.

"Tonight, as the president and his administration launch their most unsafe sabotage effort yet, we are seeing just how far Republicans are willing to go in their quest to undermine the American health care system", said Brad Woodhouse, campaign director of Protect Our Care, an advocacy group staffed with many Obama administration alums.

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"In other words, people can once again be denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions or be charged more", Jost said.

In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sessions acknowledged that the executive branch typically defends existing federal law, but he concluded that this is a "rare case where the proper course is to forgo" defense of the individual mandate.

The federal lawsuit hinges on the ACA's individual mandate, or the requirement to get health coverage or pay a penalty. However, he said, Bailey opposes the individual mandate and wants less government regulation of health insurance.

The administration called on the court to declare the provisions that guarantee coverage to be invalid beginning on January 1, 2019, when the mandate penalty goes away. It said in a brief that the Affordable Care Act's rules barring insurers from denying coverage or charging different rates based on a person's medical history should no longer be enforced because they were created to work alongside the individual mandate.

"Late last night, we informed a Texas court that we would not be defending the constitutionality of the Obamacare mandate", he continued. But it puts the law on far more wobbly legal footing in the case, which is being heard by a GOP-appointed judge who has in other recent cases ruled against more minor aspects.

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In a June 2017 poll, Kaiser found that protection for people with pre-existing conditions was an issue with bipartisan support. "After 18 months of trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act and deliberately sabotaging our health care system, Republican policies have resulted in major premium increases for millions of Americans". "At the worst it could strip away guaranteed coverage for those with pre-existing conditions".

SIMON: We've been getting reports from all over the country about how health care premiums are going up. "The pre-existing condition protections are extremely popular on both sides of the aisle".

Before the Trump administration'ss response on Thursday, Democratic Attorneys General filed [JURIST Report] a motion to intervene [text, PDF] in April to defend the ACA anticipating the Trump administration's intention to not uphold the legislation.

"To not cover them at all, that's a problem", he said.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who voted against the Republican repeal bills in the Senate a year ago, also expressed concern about the administration's new push, saying it "creates further uncertainty that could ultimately result in higher costs for millions of Americans and undermine essential protections for people with pre-existing conditions, such as asthma, cancer, heart disease, arthritis and diabetes". "But even if the Justice Department's arguments fail, as they should, the administration's violation of its duty to faithfully execute our nation's laws will still raise the cost of health care for most Americans, undermine the economy, and weaken our democracy for years to come". "But to have one without the other doesn't make any sense". "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", Matt Eyles, AHIP's president and CEO, said Friday in a statement. "Insurers hate uncertainty, and they respond to it by hedging their bets and increasing premiums", says Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, predicted that the resurrection of the issue would mobilize voters, saying, "There's nothing quite like the administration taking an action in court to illustrate the simple fact that they are still coming after your health care".

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