The Trump administration recently filed a legal brief to the Supreme Court stating that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, should be invalidated. The reasoning behind repealing Obamacare would be that it is no longer constitutional, since Congress eliminated the ACA’s tax penalty on those who don’t purchase health insurance. Trump stated, “What we want to do is terminate it and give great health care.”
The move has its origins in an ongoing U.S. Supreme Court Case case Texas v. U.S., which challenges the ACA. Taking away Obamacare would leave 20 million people without health coverage.
In response, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stated, “President Trump and the Republicans’ campaign to rip away the protections and benefits of the Affordable Care Act in the middle of the coronavirus crisis is an act of unfathomable cruelty.”
Referring to COVID-related health problems such as lung scarring and heart damage as “the new pre-existing condition,” Joe Biden said: “If Donald Trump prevails in court, insurers would be allowed once again to strip away coverage, jack up premiums, simply because of the battle they survived, fighting coronavirus.”
The decision will not be made until spring of 2021, after the November election. Trump could be pushing this repeal in the hopes to win the election in November. A central aspect of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is to protect the ACA.
Some are questioning Trump’s decision to repeal Obamacare during the coronavirus pandemic. Just last Thursday, the U.S. broke its record for new daily coronavirus cases, and then broke the record again on Friday with 40,000 new cases. More Americans are seeking healthcare through the ACA due to losing their coverage during COVID-19.