Appeals Court to Hear ACA Oral Arguments This Week

Becerra speaks at the podium during a news conference in Sacramento Calif

Becerra speaks at the podium during a news conference in Sacramento Calif

"Every family in America is one phone call, one diagnosis, one accident away from being slaves to pre-existing conditions and the costs that they incur, and, more importantly, the toll they take on the health of family members".

As the appeals court heard arguments on the ACA's constitutionality, Democrats on Capitol Hill held a press conference warning what could happen if Obamacare is struck down. Because the case is before one of the most conservative appellate courts in the country, it is nearly guaranteed to wind up in the Supreme Court. A lawsuit filed by 20 Republican State Attorney Generals claims that changes eliminating the individual mandate of the ACA have made it unconstitutional.

Collins, a hero of the Affordable Care Act for her vote to protect the law, turned around and voted for the GOP tax scheme in 2017. The mandate requires almost all Americans to get health insurance or pay a penalty.

There's a chance that the judges will throw the case out if Republican-led states can't prove that harm has been done by the individual mandate. US is likely headed to the US Supreme Court, where the conservative majority will decide the outcome, next year - while candidates up and down the ticket are vying for election.

Obamacare was back in court Tuesday facing yet another legal challenge.

Douglas Letter, general counsel for the House, replied to the judge, "You can not and should not draw any meaning from the fact Congress has not done any additional legislating" on the ACA.

Even though the tax penalty is now $0, Letter argued, the choice people had still exists: buy insurance or don't. He said "voting for the Affordable Care Act was the most important vote of my career".

"That means the choice is still there", he said.

In fact administration officials, including White House economists, this year repeatedly have hailed the strength of insurance marketplaces created by the 2010 law. The Trump administration is not defending the law and has filed arguments in favor of O'Connor's ruling.

"Can't they do this tomorrow?" said US Circuit Judge Kurt Engelhardt, who was put on the court by Trump past year after serving as a trial judge in Louisiana. Democratic senator Tammy Baldwin, Republican senator Ron Johnson, and Republican representative Sean Duffy all echoed their desire to make sure constituents retain access to affordable health care coverage, but getting there can look a bit different.

Overturning the Affordable Care Act would be a dream come true for Trump, who campaigned on the promise to repeal the law but has so far failed to deliver.

Last week, the President said he would issue an executive order mandating a policy in which US payments for drugs would be capped at the lowest price paid by either a manufacturer or a developed country.

Engelhardt, the Trump appointee, primarily grilled attorneys representing California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a score of other Democratic-led states andthe Democratic House.

The Justice Department initially argued the mandate was unconstitutional but most of Obamacare could be severed from it.

Democrats' political embrace of the ACA with its protections for people with pre-existing conditions and its expansion of Medicaid - known as HUSKY in CT - has been a long time coming. That year, Democrats surged back in ME and around the country, capturing the both houses of the Legislature and the Blaine House here and the US House of Representatives in Washington.

Oral argument in Texas v. Also at risk are billions of dollars in federal assistance that have helped millions of Americans get health insurance through Medicaid and state insurance markets.

People can get free birth control, mammograms, and cholesterol checks.

If the Affordable Care Act is entirely invalidated, Americans would no longer receive protections for preexisting conditions, free preventive benefits coverage in all plans, mandatory acceptance of children on their parents' plans up to age 26, premium subsidies to buy policies on the exchange and greater access to Medicaid in dozens of states. Even the Trump administration is utilizing the landmark health reform to try to lower prescription drug prices.