After Inspiring Obamacare, Mitt Romney Is Pitching In On Its Replacement

A court has blocked a Trump administration rule allowing cheaper health insurance plans that don't provide consumer protections required by the federal Affordable Care Act

The Texas ruling is being appealed by a coalition of Democratic-governed states, because the Trump administration declined to defend the law in the first place.

The rule, put forward by the U.S. Department of Labor, would have allowed small businesses and those who are self-employed to band together and buy lower-cost health insurance policies, similar to large employers. According to a new Urban Institute study, abolishing the ACA without anything to replace it would cause 20 million Americans to lose their health insurance. "No", said economist Gail Wilensky, who headed up Medicare under former Republican President George H.W. Bush.

About 11.8 million consumers nationwide enrolled in 2018 Obamacare exchange plans, according to the US government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

"Was this a good week for the Trump administration?"

President Trump has in recent days promised to come up with something "far better" than Obamacare, a long sought-after white whale that eluded Republicans with their disastrous go at repealing the Affordable Care Act in 2017.

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Sisters and Tea Party members of Atlanta, Georgia, Judy Burel (L) and Janis Haddon (R), protest the Obamacare in front of the U.S. Supreme Court March 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. "So, and I've been saying that, the Republicans are going to end up being the party of health care".

New York, 10 other states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit challenging the Association Health Plan rule. It's now fully supported by the Trump administration, which earlier had argued that only the law's protections for people with pre-existing conditions and its limits on how much insurers could charge older, sicker customers were constitutionally tainted. He found that administration officials failed to account for coverage losses and other potential harm, and sent the Health and Human Services Department back to the drawing board.

The Labor Department said in a CNN report it disagreed with the decision while the Justice Department said it will consider "all available options" after Bates' ruling.

Today, debates over the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as ObamaCare, continue.

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