‘Pro-Life’ Trump Tells Supreme Court to Gut Obamacare While COVID-19 Kills Thousands Daily
The Trump administration filed a legal brief in the Supreme Court on June 25 calling for the high court to gut the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, because the individual mandate that required people to buy insurance was previously gutted by Republicans in 2019.
CBS News reports the Trump admin legal brief “came on the same day the government reported that close to half a million people who lost their health insurance amid the economic shutdown have gotten coverage through” Obamacare.
According to CBS News, the Trump admin made no mention of the coronavirus in its legal brief.
CBS News noted the catastrophic result that will happen if the plaintiff against Obamacare, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, wins in the Supreme Court:
Overall, some 20 million Americans could lose their health coverage, and protections for people with preexisting health conditions also would be put at risk if the court agrees with the administration in the case, which won’t be heard before the fall.
Trump falsely claimed in tweets (below) that Obamacare was not popular or good because premium prices were increasing, but he failed to mention that premium prices are set by insurance companies with the approval of state regulators. Trump falsely claimed he has a health care plan to replace Obamacare, but does not.
Now that the very expensive, unpopular and unfair Individual Mandate provision has been terminated by us, many States & the U.S. are asking the Supreme Court that Obamacare itself be terminated so that it can be replaced with a FAR BETTER AND MUCH LESS EXPENSIVE ALTERNATIVE…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2020
Trump also falsely claimed that pre-existing conditions would not be affected if Obamacare is ruled against.
….Obamacare is a joke! Deductible is far too high and the overall cost is ridiculous. My Administration has gone out of its way to manage OC much better than previous, but it is still no good. I will ALWAYS PROTECT PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS,ALWAYS!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2020
The Trump admin claims in court papers that Obamacare cannot be legal if the individual mandate is not enforced (see below). The Trump admin said in court that the individual mandate is legally tied to the ban on pre-existing conditions.
A ruling for the Trump admin would bring back pre-existing conditions as an excuse for insurance companies not to provide coverage, notes NBC News reporter Sahil Kapur.
The Trump administration SCOTUS brief includes a section explicitly arguing that the ACA’s preexisting condition protections should be killed. pic.twitter.com/QpqolqkNs5— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) June 26, 2020