Nine years ago this spring, ObamaCare was brand-new. "No", said economist Gail Wilensky, who headed up Medicare under former Republican President George H.W. Bush. If the ruling is upheld by higher courts, about 20 million Americans could lose healthcare coverage on Trump's watch.
On Tuesday, March 26, Trump bragged that "the Republican Party will soon be known as the party of health care".
It was that concern - and qualms about the legal justification for the move - that drew objections from Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Attorney General William Barr and White House counsel Pat Cipollone as the White House debated its position on the Texas lawsuit, which was brought by a coalition of Republican-led states. ABC News could not independently confirm Mulvaney's claim regarding last year's statistics; however, the provision of Affordable Care Act known as the "mandate", which imposed the penalties, was repealed by the Republican tax plan in 2017. All sides expect the case to go to the Supreme Court, which has twice before upheld the ACA.
The rule, put forward by the U.S. Department of Labor, would have allowed small businesses and those who are self-employed to band together and buy lower-cost health insurance policies, similar to large employers. The judge questioned whether the requirements were compatible with Medicaid's central objective of providing "medical assistance" to low-income people. Bates found that administration regulations creating the plans were "clearly an end-run" around the Obama health law and also ran afoul of other federal laws governing employee benefits. Bureau officials did not immediately know what the impact of Bates' ruling would be on their plan, said Rob Robertson, the bureau's chief administrator.
The Trump administration earlier this week called for the total repeal of the Affordable Care Act.