President Trump doubles down on dismantling Obamacare amid coronavirus pandemic – Health News Today

The Trump administration is continuing efforts to eliminate the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

This week, the administration filed a legal briefing urging the Supreme Court to overturn the ACA. This would include removing coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.

“A global pandemic does not change what Americans know — Obamacare has been an unlawful failure,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement, adding that it “forces Americans to purchase unaffordable plans.”

President Trump claims that the aim is to replace Obamacare with a more efficient alternative, although his administration has not presented a serious alternative since failing on “Trumpcare” in 2017.

If the ACA were to be overturned or dismantled, at least 20 million people would lose health care coverage, according to the Urban Institute. And that estimation didn’t factor in those who were hit by layoffs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. A Kaiser Family Foundation report estimated that at least 27 million Americans have lost employer-sponsored health coverage during the pandemic, meaning that many of them could have also signed up for the ACA. 

“A significant portion of the U.S. population relies on this as their primary means of health care coverage,” Johns Hopkins Medicine Assistant Professor Lauren Sauer said on Yahoo Finance’s The Ticker (video above). “As we’re also hearing the administration talk about reducing the support for things like COVID testing and then these things happening in tandem … it’s really concerning, political or not, to think about reducing people’s ability to access health care coverage in the midst of it.” 

Colorado Governor Jared Polis (C) wears a face mask as U.S. President Donald Trump makes remarks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, May 13, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)
Colorado Governor Jared Polis (C) wears a face mask as U.S. President Donald Trump makes remarks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, May 13, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)

‘Dramatically more people would be uninsured’

The Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal case regarding the ACA, and its expected Spring 2021 decision could potentially invalidate the health care legislation. 

This came after a Texas judge ruled that Obamacare’s individual mandate was unconstitutional during a Dec. 15, 2018, hearing. Judge Reed O’Connor agreed with the plaintiffs who argued that the lack of a penalty invalidated the “individual mandate” provision of the law, and if that part of the law was now invalid, then the whole law was.

Following that ruling, Democratic states and the House of Representatives filed an appeal, which made its way to the Supreme Court…