Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser is pushing back on the Trump administration’s embrace of a total repeal of the Affordable Care Act, saying the U.S. Department of Justice must “defend and enforce the law.” The attorney general’s comments follow a court filing by the agency, which said it supports a ruling by a Texas judge that struck down the federal health care law in its entirety. It is a notable policy shift for the administration, which has previously sought only to knock down individual parts of the law. “The Department of Justice has the obligation, just as I do with Colorado law, to defend and enforce the law,” Weiser said in an interview, adding that the court’s legal basis for its decision — which the Trump administration is backing — is “implausible.” The Department of Justice has a duty to uphold and defend our laws, including the #ACA. The theory for striking down the entire #ACA is implausible. As … [Read more...] about Colorado AG Phil Weiser says Justice Department is obligated to “defend and enforce” Affordable Care Act
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Colorado’s new attorney general Phil Weiser is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit to defend the Affordable Care Act after a judge declared it unconstitutional in December. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat announced Thursday her motion to intervene. Joining her were Weiser and two other Democratic attorneys general — Aaron Ford of Nevada and Thomas Miller of Iowa. The federal judge in Texas last month declared the Affordable Care Act to be unconstitutional, but its provisions remain in effect while the case is appealed. The four states want to join 16 others already opposing the ruling. Also Thursday, Nessel directed her office to withdraw from eight federal cases in which her Republican predecessor, Bill Schuette, filed amicus briefs. The cases relate to reproductive rights, LGBT discrimination and the separation of church and state. A day earlier, Weiser said Colorado would withdraw from a lawsuit challenging one of the Obama administration’s biggest … [Read more...] about Colorado’s Phil Weiser seeks to defend Affordable Care Act along with other state AGs
A recent ruling from a Texas judge, if upheld, has the potential to end the reign of the Affordable Care Act. But the ruling is expected to face challenges in court, with some expecting it to work its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. As it stands, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, remains in place. Consumers shouldn’t expect changes — at least for now — with their health care. “This court ruling essentially raises the level of uncertainty around the Affordable Care Act and health insurance options down the road,” said Adam Fox, director of strategic engagement for the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative. The ruling was handed down on Friday, the day before one of two sign-up deadlines for individuals buying coverage on Colorado’s health insurance exchange. The ruling is not expected to affect the number of residents who buy health insurance through the exchange, said Michael Conway,the state’s interim insurance commissioner. To … [Read more...] about Will Colorado health insurance enrollment be affected by the Affordable Care Act ruling?
Sarah Gray, provided by Published 10:00 pm PDT, Monday, March 25, 2019 Philadelphia Police officers use a circular saw in an attempt to separate protesters joining their arms together with PVC pipes in Philadelphia on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Authorities said five people were arrested after the immigration protest that blocked an interstate off-ramp in Philadelphia. less Philadelphia Police officers use a circular saw in an attempt to separate protesters joining their arms together with PVC pipes in Philadelphia on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Authorities said five people were ... more Photo: Michael Bryant, AP Photo: Michael Bryant, AP Image 1 of / 8 Caption Close Image 1 of 8 Philadelphia Police officers use a circular saw in an attempt to separate protesters joining their arms … [Read more...] about The Trump administration says it supports striking down the entire Affordable Care Act
In a significant shift, the Justice Department now says it backs a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the signature Obama-era health law. It divulged its position in a legal filing Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans, where an appeal is pending in a case challenging the measure’s constitutionality. A federal judge in Texas ruled in December that the law’s individual mandate “can no longer be sustained as an exercise of Congress’s tax power” and further found that the remaining portions of the law are invalid. Previously, the Trump administration had not gone as far, arguing in a June brief that the penalty for not buying insurance could be distinguished from other provisions of the law, which could still stand. Officials said there were legal grounds only to strike down the law’s consumer protections, including those for people with pre-existing health conditions. But in the new filing, signed by three … [Read more...] about Trump administration asks court to totally repeal Obama’s Affordable Care Act