While President Donald Trump has thus far failed to make good on promises to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, his administration filed a legal brief this week asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down his predecessor’s landmark policy achievement in its entirety, Just The News reported.
With just months remaining before Election Day, the latest argument came in a document filed with the nation’s highest court late Thursday.
In it, the White House argues that the entire law should survive or fail with the individual mandate, a controversial element of the legislation that was removed by a legislative order in 2017.
“Must fall with the individual mandate”
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) added to the administration’s position by insisting that the policy has resulted in fewer and more expensive healthcare options overall for American consumers.
“The entire ACA [Affordable Care Act] thus must fall with the individual mandate, though the scope of relief entered in this case should be limited to provisions shown to injure the plaintiffs,” the brief states.
Democrats, who have already made healthcare a central campaign issue this election cycle, were quick to denounce the administration’s move as cruel, particularly in the midst of an ongoing public health crisis.
“President Trump and the Republicans’ campaign to rip away the protections and benefits of the Affordable Care Act in the middle of the coronavirus crisis is an act of unfathomable cruelty,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) asserted, according to Just The News.
“I look forward to ending it”
Meanwhile, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who served as former President Barack Obama’s vice president, defended the law during a campaign stop in Pennsylvania this week.
“If Donald Trump refuses to end his senseless crusade against health coverage, I look forward to ending it for him,” Biden said, according to CNBC.
The Trump administration is nevertheless moving forward on a prominent campaign pledge with a legal brief representing plaintiffs who “have shown that they are injured by at least some ACA provisions” and petitioning Supreme Court justices to find the entire law unconstitutional.
Specifically, the federal government cites “various provisions regulating health-insurance plans that limit the range and terms of plans the individual plaintiffs may obtain and that increase their costs of obtaining coverage” as evidence of its position.
As it was during the 2016 presidential campaign, any argument for repealing Obamacare will be met with immediate political backlash. The issue is now before the Supreme Court, however, which Americans are relying on to remain above the partisan fray to make a constitutional ruling.