UPDATED 9:54 AM PT — Wed. August 15, 2018
The White House is taking Obama-era health care policies to court in an attempt to rid the nation of them entirely just weeks before the midterm elections.
On Tuesday, a federal judge in northern Texas set a date for the Department of Justice to begin oral arguments as they attempt to delay the implementation of Obamacare’s open enrollment date.
The announcement comes in the wake of a joint 20-state lawsuit, which blames the previous administration’s tax penalty for being uninsured as unconstitutional.
The legal battle follows the president’s late-July executive order, which rolled-back Obama-era restrictions for short-term health plans.
The new rule enables insurers to advertise short-term coverage plans between 12-months and up to three-years, which are cheaper and less comprehensive.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said this is an important option for people who have been forgotten or left behind by Obamacare.
With three million people left uninsured, Chris Pope — a senior fellow with the Manhattan Institute — agrees with the Trump administration over the ACA’s restrictive rules.
“So, what these rules essentially have done is its led to an elimination of all potential competitive mechanisms from the market place, and also it’s led to a restriction, quite unnecessarily, of all innovation in terms of plan design,” Pope explained.
The Supreme Court could potentially take-up the case, because the constitutionality of Obamacare is being argued.
In the meantime, details on the legal proceedings won’t be known until oral arguments on Monday, September
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