Court blocks Trump rule allowing cheaper health insurance

President Trump speaks to reporters as he arrives for a Senate Republican lunch on Capitol Hill on Tuesday

"The Republican Party will become 'The Party of Healthcare!'" wrote Trump in a tweet.

"We are pleased that the District Court saw past the Trump administration's transparent effort to sabotage our health care system and gut these critical consumer protections in the service of its partisan agenda", Attorney General Letitia James of NY state said Thursday night.

For now, the Justice Department's letter won't change anything for those insured through the ACA, but the issue will likely gain political attention as it works its way through the courts and could land at the Supreme Court for the third time. "We're coming up with plans".

The decision by the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., said the rule allowing so-called association health plans is "clearly an end run" around the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, that "creates absurd results".

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Believing the healthcare issue can help them defeat Trump's re-election bid next year, House Democrats unveiled a new proposal on Tuesday that would expand the Affordable Care Act.

"The administration will continue to fight for sole proprietors and small businesses so that they can have the freedom to band together to obtain more affordable, quality healthcare coverage", a Justice Department spokesman said.

It's part of their plan to move the spotlight away from the recently concluded Mueller investigation into Russian Federation and set out a legislative record they can run on in 2020.

President Donald Trump's efforts to see the legislation repealed, as he promised during his presidential campaign, failed in the Senate in 2017.

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Most Democrats and a few Republicans in Congress criticized the move, saying that ditching Obamacare without an equivalent replacement will end coverage for pre-existing conditions, disqualify young adults receiving benefits under their parents' policies, and bounce millions out of Medicaid coverage that was offered to states as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Conway said Obamacare had not been a "magic elixir" since more than 27.4 million non-elderly individuals in the United States were without health insurance in 2017, according to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

"There is merit in the thinking that we missed a golden opportunity", he said.

"I hope Members on both sides of the aisle, including the many Republicans who pledged in advance of the last election not to abandon those with pre-existing conditions, will join in supporting it and making the House's position in support of the law clear", House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said in a statement.

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In December, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth, Texas, ruled the individual mandate could no longer be considered constitutional after Trump signed the $1.5 trillion tax cut package passed by Congress that eliminated the penalties.

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