AWESOME – DOJ says Obamacare unconstitutional, won’t defend it in Texas lawsuit

As you know Texas is leading the way with 19 other states in a lawsuit against Obamacare after the individual mandate was repealed.



Well the DOJ has decided it agrees with the 20 states and is now refusing to defend Obamacare in the lawsuit:

ABC NEWS – The Trump administration said in a court filing late Thursday that it will no longer defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, including the requirement that people have health insurance and provisions that guarantee access to health insurance regardless of any medical conditions.

The decision, announced in a filing in a federal court in Texas, is a rare departure from the Justice Department’s practice of defending federal laws in court. Texas and other Republican-led states are suing to strike down the entire law because Congress recently repealed a provision that people without health insurance must pay a fine. The repeal takes effect next year.

Texas says that without the fine in place the requirement to have health insurance is unconstitutional and that the entire law should be struck down as a result.

The administration said it agrees with Texas that the so-called individual mandate will be unconstitutional without the fine. It also said that provisions shielding people with medical conditions from being denied coverage or charged higher premiums and limiting how much insurers can charge older Americans should fall as well.

But it said the rest of the law, including Medicaid expansion, can remain in place.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a letter to Congress on Thursday that Trump, who campaigned on repealing the law and nearly did so his first year in office, approved the legal strategy.

This is great news. I’m honestly not sure what happens when there’s no defense of a law, but it should make for a more successful lawsuit, right?

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