House Democrats introduced a resolution today condemning President Donald Trump's support for a lawsuit that would strike down Obamacare, according to text shared first with POLITICO. In the biggest case, a federal judge in Texas ruled previous year that the ACA is unconstitutional.
Axios' Jonathan Swan predicted that as the president and Mulvaney move forward to act unilaterally in the face of Congress, Americans can expect "more executive orders, more foreign deals sealed by a presidential signature rather than congressional approval, and more creative applications of the law - for example, declaring a national emergency to build the wall - to get Trump what he wants".
"Was this a good week for the Trump administration?" "But this is the beginning of a series of judicial challenges".
It is true that especially in the event the lawsuit fails, no conservative health-care plan has a chance of passage through a Democratic House.
In the Texas case, Trump could lose by winning.
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"Trump has an idea on health care". These, along with over 100 million with pre-existing conditions, are at risk of losing coverage or protections afforded by the ACA. "So, and I've been saying that, the Republicans are going to end up being the party of health care".
"They don't have any proposal whatsoever, and in fact, many Republicans oppose this decision that came out of nowhere from the President, because many of my Republican colleagues on the Energy & Commerce Committee are working with us to try to make improvements in the health care system".
Bates' ruling comes after an intense week in the courts for the administration's health care policies.
U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth, Texas, ruled that when Congress repealed the ACA's fines for being uninsured, it knocked the constitutional foundation out from under the entire law.
In the suit filed by 11 states and the District of Columbia, the judge found the department unreasonably expanded the definition of employers to include groups without any real commonality of interest as well as business owners without employees. ABC News could not independently confirm Mulvaney's claim regarding last year's statistics; however, the provision of Affordable Care Act known as the "mandate", which imposed the penalties, was repealed by the Republican tax plan in 2017. Bureau officials did not immediately know what the impact of Bates' ruling would be on their plan, said Rob Robertson, the bureau's chief administrator.