‘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.

Trump also falsely claimed that pre-existing conditions would not be affected if Obamacare is ruled against.

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.

(Sources: Sahil Kapur/Twitter, Donald J. Trump/Twitter, Donald J. Trump/Twitter, The Washington Post, CBS News)

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