The future of Obamacare hangs in the balance this week when a federal appeals court in New Orleans will decide whether Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law violates the US Constitution.
“On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is set to hear oral arguments in the case of Texas v. Azar, a suit spearheaded last year by 20 Republican-leaning attorneys general (led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton) and endorsed by President TrumpOpens a New Window. ,” reports Fox Business.
“They argued that because the individual mandate, the ACA tenet that required Americans to either purchase health insurance or pay a fine, was repealed by the 2017 tax overhaul, the law was no longer constitutional. The Supreme Court initially upheld the ACA because of the individual mandate; although Congress does not have the power to require people to buy health insurance, that particular provision was considered part of lawmakers’ taxing authority,” adds the website.
The outcome of the case could impact the healthcare programs for millions of Americans.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra defended the progressive medical policy; saying the health of “every American is at risk” if the law is overturned.
“Our argument is simple,” Becerra said in a statement. “The health and wellbeing of nearly every American is at risk. Health care can mean the difference between life and death, financial stability and bankruptcy. Our families’ wellbeing should not be treated as a political football.”
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BLUE STATE BLUES: New Jersey to REINSTATE OBAMACARE Tax as Prices SPIRAL
Just months after the Trump administration and the GOP-controlled Congress officially ended Obama’s individual mandate requiring all Americans to face a penalty if uninsured, New Jersey is poised to reinstate the tax as healthcare costs spiral out of control.
“Governor Phil Murphy on Wednesday signed the new tax into law that will impose the tax on residents who choose not to purchase ‘qualifying’ health insurance as defined by Obama-era regulations,” writes Americans for Tax Reform.
According to the organization, nearly 80% of New Jersey households impacted by the Obamacare mandate earn under $50,000, directly harming low-income workers throughout the state who are ineligible for other programs, such as Medicaid.
“78% of New Jersey households hit by the Obamacare mandate tax make less than $50,000 per year. According to the IRS, the Obamacare mandate tax hit 188,570 New Jersey families and individuals in the most recent year of available data. 146,910 of these taxpayers made less than $50,000 per year – 78 percent of those impacted by the mandate,” says the report.
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BREAKING: Trump Backs Lawsuit that ‘Terminates Obamacare,’ Says Officials Working on Replacement
President Trump backed a Texas lawsuit that seeks to totally “terminate Obamacare” Wednesday; telling reporters at the White House that his administration is quickly “coming up with a plan” to replace the failing healthcare system.
President Trump: "So we're coming up with plans. We have a lawsuit right now going where phase one of the lawsuit terminates Obamacare — essentially terminates Obamacare." pic.twitter.com/J5JkuWw9nc
— The Hill (@thehill) March 27, 2019
“We’re coming up with a plan. We have a lawsuit right now going where phase one of the lawsuit terminates Obamacare — essentially terminates Obamacare,” Trump told reporters.
“That’s the Texas lawsuit. We think it’ll be upheld, and we think it will do very well in the Supreme Court. And if the Supreme Court rules that Obamacare is out, we’ll have a plan that is far better than Obamacare,” he added.