After Inspiring Obamacare, Mitt Romney Is Pitching In On Its Replacement

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U.S. District Judge John D. Bates wrote in his opinion late Thursday that so-called "association health plans" were "clearly an end-run" around consumer protections required by the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. And Trump just promised to kill it. Bates said he agreed with states challenging the rule that the Department of Labor stretched the definition of the "employer". Are you going to take that away from them? But the plans don't seem to have had a major impact. "So, without Tom a lot of people wouldn't have health insurance", Romney said in 2015. "It hasn't been in effect all that long".

Trump has said association health plans would let Americans "escape some of Obamacare's most burdensome mandates". The Trump administration rules did not seek to supersede state laws regulating health insurance, and some states have limited the ability of companies to join the plans.

But Trump has been obstinate in the face of those political warning signs, instead concerned that repealing and replacing Obamacare remains the one signature 2016 campaign promise he has yet to make good on.

"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.

Utah is among 20 states suing to have the law struck down. "Guarantee health care to all people as a right".

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Mr. Sanders also said he planned to reintroduce his "Medicare for All" bill in the Senate in the next few weeks, a proposal gaining popularity among Democratic presidential candidates.

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.

"By the time these cases get through the courts there simply isn't going to be time for the administration to straighten out any messes that get created, much less get a comprehensive plan through Congress", added Jost, who supports the ACA. They had built no consensus among Republican politicians or voters. The failed attempt to repeal "Obamacare" in 2017 proved to be toxic for congressional Republicans in last year's midterm elections and they are in no mood to repeat it.

A flaw in this cynical calculation is that Republicans can not prevent Democrats from attacking them over health care by abandoning the issue; if that strategy worked, the 2018 elections would have gone very differently.

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