Welch: Trump health care turnaround blindsided GOP

Alicia Farmer
March 31, 2019

District Court Judge Reed O'Connor from the Northern District of Texas argued that the health care law requires citizens to purchase insurance or, pay a penalty, and if the Congress eventually eliminated the mandate, the act is therefore unconstitutional.

The Trump administration, unable to repeal "Obamacare" in Congress, has tried to use its rule-making powers to open up a pathway for alternatives.

U.S. District Judge John D. Bates wrote in his opinion late Thursday that so-called "association health plans" were "clearly an end-run" around consumer protections required by the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. Another judge on Wednesday struck down efforts in Kentucky and Arkansas to place work requirements on some Medicaid enrollees.

"We will take care of pre-existing conditions better than they're taken now", he told reporters.

Proponents say the plans are attractive to middle-class Americans who may not qualify for federal Obamacare health insurance subsidies.

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For instance, Bates noted the Trump administration's small-business health insurance plan would allow two self-employed individuals to consider themselves both employees and employers, which would allow these insurance plans to be offered under ERISA.

President Donald Trump has hailed the small-business plans as a big success, but their impact is hard to measure. Most large employer plans are not subject to state regulations, and the Obama law did not make major changes to them either.

President Donald Trump has hailed the small-business plans as a big success, but their impact is hard to measure.

House Democrats will vote on April 2 on a resolution condemning President Donald Trump's decision to call for the elimination of the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare. The ruling comes amid a whirlwind week for the Trump administration and its efforts to tear down Obamacare.

It wasn't immediately clear how the Trump administration would respond, but officials have said they will keep moving ahead with the president's agenda. He says Republicans are working on a replacement plan, but Congressman Peter Welch says that simply isn't true.

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