A conservative leader takes aim at Obama administration’s health care law
By David Frum, USA TODAY The president’s health law, signed by President Barack Obama in 2010, has been a lightning rod for controversy for more than two years.
It’s been criticized by conservatives, who say it’s a recipe for more federal government control over health care.
And now, it’s being tested in court.
The Supreme Court heard arguments in June in a lawsuit filed by a woman who says the law discriminates against her by restricting her ability to buy insurance.
The high court will hear oral arguments in August in a case about whether a similar law passed in California, which is not part of the Affordable Care Act, violates the First Amendment.
If the justices rule against the Obama administration, it could spell trouble for the health care overhaul, which President Donald Trump has repeatedly said he’ll repeal.
ObamaCare is a major political flashpoint for Republicans, who seized on the health law as an example of the law’s failings, but also the law is popular among the nation’s uninsured.
It also drew criticism from Democrats.
“If the president is able to convince the Supreme Court that the Affordable Health Care Act is unconstitutional, the American people will be able to exercise their First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and association in the public square,” said Republican strategist Sean Trende, who worked on the president’s 2008 presidential campaign.
“We will not let the law be overturned, we will not allow the law to be repealed.”
The court’s ruling could come after Republicans lose a House-Senate race in November that could help Republicans gain control of the Senate.
It could also affect health insurance companies, which are already struggling to stay afloat under the Affordable Healthcare Act.
Insurance companies have been facing losses of up to $500 billion under the law.
If they lose, that could affect their ability to provide coverage to consumers.
The American Health Care Association, which represents the nation�s largest insurance companies and the nation���s largest insurer, predicted it would be the first major court ruling against the health reform law in at least eight years.
The American Medical Association said the court ruling would be a setback for the law and the millions of Americans who get coverage through it.
The group cited research showing that premiums on employer-sponsored health insurance rose more than 40% in the first six months of 2019, a sharp increase from the 7% rise it reported the previous year.
It also said the law has contributed to a dramatic rise in premiums for older adults, a group that Republicans have long tried to court in an effort to broaden their base of support.
Republican lawmakers have been working to repeal the law since the beginning.
They argue that the law unfairly targets low-income people and their health and does not provide enough help to lower-income families.
They have tried to pass legislation to reinstate the mandate requiring most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty, but they�ve failed to get a majority of Republican votes.
Republicans also oppose other elements of the health overhaul, including allowing insurance companies to charge people more if they�re sick or injured and requiring employers to offer health coverage to workers.
With the Supreme House court hearing arguments on June 22, the court will consider the lawsuit from the California woman, Stephanie McBride, who says she lost her job in July because of the state�s new state-mandated coverage rules.
McBride has had coverage for three years through a government-run exchange.
She was denied insurance because she had a preexisting condition, the complaint says.
McBride says she has been denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition since July 1, the day she was diagnosed with cancer.
She has been uninsured for five years and her insurance has been canceled four times, she said.
She is not seeking to overturn the law, but she says the administration has ignored her complaints and threatened her if she doesn�t sign up for the federal exchange.
If the court agrees with the government that the health insurance mandate is unconstitutional and enforces the law as written, the lawsuit could have broad implications for many other aspects of the healthcare law.
Some states have already announced changes to their insurance markets to allow people to keep their current plans.
But it�s unclear if those changes will be enough to stabilize the markets and avoid a major disruption to the healthcare system, experts said.
Some states have seen significant enrollment and enrollment is rising, and the federal government is expecting to receive tens of millions of applications for subsidies that could allow them to buy new policies.
But there is no guarantee that everyone will be eligible for the subsidies, and many states have cut back enrollment or eliminated eligibility for subsidies, according to a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
As for the lawsuit against the Affordable Affordable Care Law, McBride said she�s hoping to prevail in the lawsuit.
�I believe in my heart that I am going to win,� she said during an interview with USA TODAY.
�I want people to