Trump tees up a health care fight with an uncertain outcome

Posted April 03, 2019

Critics have called association health plans "junk insurance" that provide skimpy coverage.

"Was this a good week for the Trump administration?"

It's with that in mind that Trump backed his White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's arguments that the administration should support a federal judge's ruling in Texas invalidating Obamacare in its entirety, a senior White House official and Republican close to the campaign told CNN.

About 11.8 million consumers nationwide enrolled in 2018 Obamacare exchange plans, according to the US government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Those that have been set up are now in limbo - a Justice Department spokeswoman said after Bates' ruling that the administration is "considering all available options", including an appeal.

On Wednesday, one jettisoned the administration's approval of Medicaid work requirements in two states and another on Thursday blocked a rule that would make it easier for small businesses to band together to buy health insurance, which could undermine Obamacare. "No", said economist Gail Wilensky, who headed up Medicare under former Republican President George H.W. Bush.

"Trump has an idea on health care".

Sisters and Tea Party members of Atlanta, Georgia, Judy Burel (L) and Janis Haddon (R), protest the Obamacare in front of the U.S. Supreme Court March 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. Republicans can choose whether to respond to that attack by pointing to their own plan, or by letting Democrats devise a caricatured conservative plan to tie to them.

A common thread in the various health care cases is that they involve lower-court rulings for now, and there's no telling how they may ultimately be decided. ABC News could not independently confirm Mulvaney's claim regarding last year's statistics; however, the provision of Affordable Care Act known as the "mandate", which imposed the penalties, was repealed by the Republican tax plan in 2017.