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>> US health insurers up in arms Friday, following a controversial attempt by the Trump administration to gut key parts of Obama Care. Trade association America's Health Insurance Plans or AHIP, said the administration's decision not to defend the latest legal challenge to Obama Care would quote, potential harm millions of Americans.
The drama playing out after the Justice Department on Thursday, cited with 20 republican-lead states that filed a lawsuit in February claiming Obamacare's individual mandate. Is unconstitutional, after Trump's overhauled tax code repealed it. But the DOJ went a step further, arguing an illegal brief that the provision that bans insurance companies from denying coverage to people with preexisting conditions, is also void.
Reuters healthcare editor, Michele Gershberg.>> This is one of by far, one of the most popular elements of the Affordable Care Act. It's something that when you pull democrat, you know people identifies democrat or us republicans, they tend to agree on that, they wanna keep that. And President Trump himself during the debate around whether or not the law should be repealed, said that's a protection he would like to keep in place.
So this move has raised new questions about, why they are trying to undermine this piece of it.>> The DOJ also refused to defend a provision in the Affordable Care Act, that forbids insurers that forbids insurers from charging people in the same community different rates, based on gender, age or other factors.
The Justice Departments moves at a whole new level of uncertainty to the future of the Affordable Care Act, and come just months before the mid-term elections, with a number of vulnerable House-Republicans trying to defend their seats.>> And we have, you know, democratic challengers, who are saying, we're gonna go after you in healthcare.
Republicans are try and take healthcare from millions of Americans.>> Three lawyers from the DOJ quit, shortly before the department's brief was filed with the Texas Court. If the court sides with the Justice Department before the years end, DACA could be stripped of key provisions by 2019.