Ohio Democratic candidate criticizes GOP over Affordable Care Act

Healthcare isn't a game. The Texas ACA lawsuit could be catastrophic for public health

Healthcare isn't a game. The Texas ACA lawsuit could be catastrophic for public health

Also, the Trump administration is making it easier for people to buy alternative policies that will likely be less expensive, but won't provide the same benefits, particularly for those with pre-existing conditions.

The administration's move has left the defense of the Affordable Care Act to a coalition of 17 other attorneys general, led by California Democrat Xavier Becerra.

U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor made no immediate ruling following a four-hour hearing. Now they're attacking the most important life-saving protection in the law. If he wins confirmation, he may have a number of abortion-related cases to consider before long. Tennessee is one of 20 states that joined the litigation led by Texas.

They argue that because the Supreme Court upheld the ACA in 2012 by saying its requirement to carry insurance was a legitimate use of Congress' taxing power, eliminating the tax penalty for failure to have health insurance makes the entire law unconstitutional.

Eighteen Republican state attorneys general and two GOP governors bringing the suit argue that the law's individual mandate was rendered unconstitutional when Congress lowered the penalty for individuals who don't buy coverage to zero. Although Congress does not have the ability to require people to buy health insurance, or a auto, or a house, this was considered part of lawmakers' taxing authority, Paxton said. "I think all these bills maintain the stability of our health care market".

But unlike the plaintiffs' argument, the Justice brief said that many other aspects of the law can survive because they can be considered legally distinct from the insurance mandate and consumer protections.

Hernandez says Californians will be better off without them.

In June, DeWine told The Dispatch through a spokesman that he did not support scrapping protections for people with preexisting conditions.

Centene Corp.'s Magnolia Health Plan is the only marketplace insurer in MS, covering about 75,000 people.

The Trump Justice Department is asking the court to invalidate certain planks of the ACA, rather than tossing out the entire law.

Yes, there's a lot on the line for people covered through their employers, as well as those insured through the law.

A federal judge in Texas seemed sympathetic to the argument by GOP state officials that the Affordable Care Act soon will no longer be constitutional, since Congress eliminated the penalty for not having insurance. That includes millions who gained coverage through the law's expansion of Medicaid and as well as the millions more who get subsidized private insurance through the law's marketplace.

Insurers are also returning to the exchanges after several years of exits. Once again, people could be subjected to annual and lifetime limits in their health plans. About 130 million non-elderly people in the USA have pre-existing conditions, and before the ACA, insurers could deny coverage to people for conditions including high cholesterol, cancer, and asthma.

When voters are asked what health care issue they most want to hear the candidates discuss, a quarter (27%) mention health care costs - three times the share that mention any other health care issue, such as increasing access (9%), universal coverage (8%), Medicare or senior concerns (7%), or prescription drug costs (7%). The Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan research organization, estimates that 52 million adults 18-64, or 27 percent of that population, would be rejected for coverage under the practices that were in effect in most states before the Affordable Care Act.

At the same time, the case is emerging as a major flashpoint ahead of the fall midterm elections as Democrats highlight Republican efforts to roll back the law and its protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions.

A group of 10 Republican senators pre-emptively introduced legislation last month, but it would only partially restore the provisions in question.

Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler released the following statement in response to the threat to pre-existing conditions coverage.

After the judge rules, what happens next? Eventually, the case could land before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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