Association health plan ruling puts some companies in limbo

Trump’s group health plan rules struck down by judge

"If they don't like that, then we'll take a look at their patents".

After years of running away from his implementation, as MA governor, of a health care overhaul that helped inspire Obamacare, freshman Sen. "But we're doing something that is going to be much less expensive than Obamacare for the people. and we're going to have (protections for) pre-existing conditions and will have a much lower deductible".

President Donald Trump has been adamant about one point this week: "The Republican Party will soon be known as the party of health care". In the case of plans for small business and sole proprietors, the administration's regulation granted them similar flexibility as enjoyed by big companies. The administration on Monday told the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that it agrees with a lower court ruling that the entire 2010 health law should be struck down. Not only that, each of the 51 working owners would also be counted as an "employer" although they have "zero" people working for them, the judge wrote.

"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.

The lawsuit alleged the primary goal of the Association Health Plan rule was to undermine the Affordable Care Act without accounting for increased risk of fraud and harm to consumers. "No", said economist Gail Wilensky, who headed up Medicare under former Republican President George H.W. Bush.

There's no sign that his administration has a comprehensive health care plan, and there doesn't seem to be a consensus among Republicans in Congress. If "Obamacare" is overturned Republicans would be on the hook in the 2020 election year to come up with an alternative. Four in ten voters in 2018 said health care was the most important issue facing the country, according to a CNN exit poll, as they swept a wave of Democratic lawmakers into office to give Democrats the majority in the House of Representatives.

It was that concern - and qualms about the legal justification for the move - that drew objections from Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Attorney General William Barr and White House counsel Pat Cipollone as the White House debated its position on the Texas lawsuit, which was brought by a coalition of Republican-led states. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week joined in unveiling legislation that would shore up and expand the ACA, allowing many more middle-class households to qualify for assistance paying their premiums.

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