By Jon Dougherty, editor-in-chief
President Donald Trump on Friday said he believes that a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas currently making its way through federal courts will eventually spell the end of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare.
“I believe it’s going to be terminated, whether it be through the Texas case, which is going through the court system as a victory right now, because of, you know, the various elements of that case, you would think it would have to be terminated,” he said in an interview with the New York Times published Friday.
After the GOP-controlled Congress got rid of Obamacare’s fines against uninsured Americans as part of the 2017 tax reform bill, the Trump administration joined 20 Republican-run states in petitioning federal courts to eliminate Obamacare altogether as unconstitutional.
State attorneys general argue the entire law must be struck down because the Obama regime once argued that the fine was the key to making the law work and enforceable.
The Trump administration, in siding with Republican officials in the case known as Texas v U.S., aksed the courts only to strike down portions of the law that prohibits free-market health insurers from turning away sick people or charging them more to compensate for increased payouts.
A federal judge sided with state officials in a December ruling. However, the law remains intact overall as it is appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans by Democrat state attorneys general.
The president has promised in the past that a GOP replacement bill to Obamacare would provide protections for Americans who have pre-existing illnesses. Also, congressional Republicans have said the expect both sides to come together to pass something that would reinstate those protections.
Deliberations over the fate of the law are expected to continue playing out in the coming months, which will make the law an issue in 2020 — a decade after a Democrat-controlled Congress and Democratic president passed the law.
In his interview with the Times, POTUS blamed #nevertrumper Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for casting the deciding ballot against a “skinny” repeal of Obamacare in 2017, saying that in doing so the late senator violated his own promise to constituents.
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