Trump administration asks Supreme Court to strike down ACA

The Trump administration urged the Supreme Court to invalidate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a legal brief filed Thursday, telling the court that "the entire ACA must fall." The Justice Department said the 2010 health law is invalid because Congress in 2017 ended the financial penalty for not having health insurance, though it did not take effec

The Trump administration urged the Supreme Court to invalidate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a legal brief filed Thursday, telling the court that "the entire ACA must fall." The Justice Department said the 2010 health law is invalid because Congress in 2017 ended the financial penalty for not having health insurance, though it did not take effect until 2019. The administration's argument comes as hundreds of thousands of Americans have turned to the government program for health care as they have lost jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. Democrats warn that the Trump administration is endangering health coverage at a time when more than 120,000 people have died from coronavirus. Dismantling the ACA would leave more than 23 million people without health care plans, according to a recent analysis by the think tank Center for American Progress. Trump has said he wants to protect health care coverage for Americans with preexisting conditions, which a White House spokesman reiterated Thursday night. But the administration has not presented any plan showing how it would accomplish that, and the Justice Department's Thursday brief takes the opposite position. Oral arguments are scheduled for next term, but it is unclear if they will happen before the election. A decision in the case may not come until 2021.