President Donald Trump escalated his attacks on Obamacare, one day after his administration, a federal court requested to abolish the entire law. Speaking in the oval office, he said the Republicans "will be the feast of good health care." (March 27)
Last week, the administration changed its position and now wants the entire ACA to be thrown out.
More than 60 million Americans with pre-existing conditions are protected under ACA.
] A federal judge declared Obamacare constitutional. But it remains in place pending appeal.
White House Manager Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday that he could guarantee that Americans would not lose their health insurance coverage if the financial care law was put down in a court challenge.
On ABC's "This Week" Mulvaney was asked what would happen to the more than 60 million Americans with pre-existing conditions guaranteed ACA coverage – commonly referred to as Obamacare – and millions of adults under 26 years of age are capable to remain on their parents' plans if health legislation was declared unconstitutional.
"Can you guarantee that if you succeed in court, all the tens of thousands of people who have a health coverage guaranteed by Obamacare will not lose their cover?" host Jonathan Karl asked.
"Yes," replied Mulvaney, saying that "the debate on existing relationships is over." He said that every compensation plan for the ACA supported by the White House or Congress since President Donald Trump took office with protection against people with pre-existing conditions.
"Both parties support them, and anyone who tells you something else is lying to you for political gain. The existing conditions must be covered," Mulvaney said. "The debate will be: How do you do it best?"
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., A presidential candidate in 2020, did not buy the warranty.
"The Presidential Justice Department announced that they will terminate the affordable law of care, which, contrary to what Mr Mulvaney just said, means that people will be kicked off by their insurance for pre-existing conditions," Klobuchar said. this week ".
A study by the Urban Institute's Health Policy Center estimated that as many as 19.9 million Americans could lose their coverage if the ACA was shut down. More: Challenge to Obamacare could leave 20 million people without health insurance
"The President's budget on March 11 suggested replacing ACA with an approach modeled after Graham-Cassidy Bill giving "Relief" from "many" of ACA's insurance policy. The original Graham-Cassidy bill allowed unlimited premiums for people with existing conditions, "Larried Levitt, senior vice president of health reform at the Kaiser Family Foundation, tweeted.
The President's budget on March 11 suggested replacing the ACA with an approach modeled after the Graham-Cassidy bill, and gave "relief" from "many" of ACA's insurance rules. The original Graham-Cassidy bill allowed unlimited premiums for people with pre-existing conditions.
Republicans could not pass a replacement for the ACA during the two years they controlled both congressional houses, and some analysts questioned the political wisdom that reopen the effort to lift it. Obamacare has become more popular in voting, and health care concerns were cited as one of the reasons for the democrats' success in the mid-term 2018 elections.
In December, the US District Court judge Reed O & # 39; Connor declared the entire ACA constitutional in a lawsuit brought by a coalition of Republican-led states. The law remains intact pending a decision by the US Court of Appeal for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans.
More: A federal judge decided the sensible law of care unconstitutional. What happens next?
The Ministry of Justice announced in June 2018 that it would not defend any legal provisions, especially the individual mandate that imposed them without insurance. It said that the law should not be shut down in its entirety and that some aspects such as medicaid expansion should be left in place.
Last week, the department changed its position and informed the Federal Court of Appeal that it wanted the entire ACA thrown out.
Trump said on Wednesday that if the law is knocked down and this decision is maintained by the Supreme Court, "we want a plan that is far better than Obamacare."
White House Advisor Kellyanne Conway did not provide specifications when asked about the Republican plan on "Fox News Sunday."
"The Republican plan is diverse," she said. She pointed to the President's draft budget, saying that "existing conditions stand." Conway said the Democrats would replace Obamacare, favoring "Medicare for All", which she called "the health version of the green new deal".
Mulvaney said on CNN's "Union of Union" on Sunday that a one-page or two-page proposal would be sent to the congress where legislators might have the details.
Trump by the name of Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., As one of the lawmakers required to come up with an Obamacare alternative. Scott said on Sunday that due to a democratic majority and "Nancy Pelosi in Parliament, it will be difficult to get anything done."
"Democrats are constantly focusing on access" when the problem "costs health care is too high in this country," Scott said during an interview at CBS & # 39; "Face the Nation."
Scott said he is planning to start with the price of prescription drugs. He said the "Medicare for All" plan, backed by Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Would "destroy our health system."
Sanders, also a presidential candidate in 2020, said on Sunday about "Face the Nation" that if "Trump gets his way, the cost of health insurance for you will be so high that many people will literally not afford it. of people will literally die. "
Klobuchar promised "all-out contrary to the administration's plan to kick people out of their health care" and said that ACA is "a beginning and not an end". She said she would, as president, favor a "public opportunity" for people to buy in Medicare or Medicaid.
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