It is true that especially in the event the lawsuit fails, no conservative health-care plan has a chance of passage through a Democratic House.
"Was this a good week for the Trump administration?"
A federal court has blocked a new rule by the Trump administration that allows health insurance plans that are cheaper than Obamacare and offer fewer consumer protections. The failed attempt to repeal "Obamacare" in 2017 proved to be toxic for congressional Republicans in last year's midterm elections and they are in no mood to repeat it. So this President's decision blind-sided some within the Republican Party. If the ruling is upheld by higher courts, about 20 million Americans could lose healthcare coverage on Trump's watch.
The attorneys general in 11 states and the District of Columbia successfully argued that the plans, part of a Trump administration policy, violated the Obama-era Affordable Care Act.
Mueller report flips public opinion
They want to see all the documents behind the FBI's political investigations of the last few years. The debate played out in the Senate on Thursday afternoon, where Sen.
"I think the President just listed off the names of people he's spoken to on the phone about health care", one Senate Republican aide told CNN. On Monday, the Justice Department said in a letter to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that the entire ACA should be invalidated.
Rules allowing association health plans began going into effect less than six months ago, and according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, which studies trends in health care, only a few plans have been announced. All sides expect the case to go to the Supreme Court, which has twice before upheld the ACA.
Under the rule, businesses and individuals can team up to create group health plans that offer less expensive coverage without complying with numerous requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The judge questioned whether the requirements were compatible with Medicaid's central objective of providing "medical assistance" to low-income people.
The Trump administration earlier this week called for the total repeal of the Affordable Care Act.