Trump administration wants entire Affordable Care Act thrown out


In a striking reversal, the Justice Department on Monday told a federal court that it will ask that the entire Affordable Care Act — including coverage for pre-existing conditions and Medicaid expansion — be thrown out.

President Donald Trump administration officials said in the letter that it “is not urging that any portion of the district court’s judgment be reversed.”

In a statement to CNN, Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said, “The Department of Justice has determined that the district court’s comprehensive opinion came to the correct conclusion and will support it on appeal.”

The opinion is a major shift from when the Justice Department — under Jeff Sessions — argued that some parts of the Affordable Care Act could be defended.

In a December ruling, federal District Judge Reed O’Connor sided with a Republican-led argument that the health care law was unconstitutional.

Trump, who has routinely said he is against the Affordable Care Act, has promised to protect people under new plans.

But overturning the Affordable Care Act could have major consequences on the health care industry.

The Affordable Care Act saves senior citizens money on their Medicare coverage and prescription drugs.

It lets many Americans obtain free birth control, mammograms and cholesterol tests.

It also allows children to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans until they turn 26.

And, even the Trump administration is using the landmark health reform law to try to lower prescription drug prices.

A group of more than 15 Democratic-led states have vowed to block Trump’s attempts to rescind the law.

“This lawsuit is as dangerous as it is reckless. It threatens the healthcare of tens of millions of Americans across the country — from California to Kentucky and all the way to Maine,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “The Affordable Care Act is an integral part of our healthcare system.”

CNN contributed to this report.

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