Court blocks Trump rule allowing cheaper health insurance

President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids Mich. on Thursday

President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids Mich. on Thursday

The president has repeatedly talked up the opportunity to become the 'party of health care, ' even though Republicans failed to pass a bill to repeal the law when they had unified control. But some cases are going against him, and time is not on his side as he tries to score a big win for his re-election campaign.

U.S. District Judge John D. Bates blocked a rule that was finalized past year that allows small businesses and self-employed people to band together to purchase insurance known as association health plans.

Attorneys from the Justice Department last week filed a letter with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans asking to effectively strike down the entire law, agreeing with the landmark ruling made by a federal judge in Texas previous year. The Texas ruling is being appealed by a coalition of Democratic-governed states, because the Trump administration declined to defend the law in the first place.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney argued Sunday that the Trump administration does, in fact, support protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

The litigation could take months to resolve and there's no guarantee Trump will get the outcomes he wants before the 2020 election.

Other than Kentucky and Arkansas, there were six states for which the Trump administration had approved waivers to allow work requirements for certain Medicaid beneficiaries: New Hampshire, Ohio, Indiana, Arizona, Michigan, and Wisconsin. "But this is the beginning of a series of judicial challenges". He says Republicans are working on a replacement plan, but Congressman Peter Welch says that simply isn't true.

In the Texas case, Trump could lose by winning.

"Because they don't have anything to replace it".

Fox News' Judge Andrew Napolitano said today if Republicans are victorious in their fight to strike down Obamacare, it will end up being "politically catastrophic".

Trump seems unfazed by the potential risks.

Sisters and Tea Party members of Atlanta, Georgia, Judy Burel (L) and Janis Haddon (R), protest the Obamacare in front of the U.S. Supreme Court March 27, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Trump has said association health plans would let Americans "escape some of Obamacare's most burdensome mandates". Critics have called association health plans "junk insurance" that provide skimpy coverage.

But Trump has been obstinate in the face of those political warning signs, instead concerned that repealing and replacing Obamacare remains the one signature 2016 campaign promise he has yet to make good on.

The lawsuit was brought by NY, 10 other states and the District of Columbia a year ago.

"The debate about pre-existing conditions is over", Mulvaney said on ABC News' "This Week". But administration officials told The Post that nothing firm is in the works.

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